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2/18/2013 1:07:00 PM
Election Commission approves new precincts

Brian King
Staff Writer

The Greenwood County Election gave their approval of the proposed splits five precincts that had high numbers of registered voters.

The commission gave unanimous approval to splitting the precincts, but the new maps must be submitted to the Department of Justice for approval. Connie Moody, executive director of elections and voter registration for Greenwood County, said the new precincts were necessary to address the growing number of voters in those precincts.

“When the number of registered voters gets near 1,500, we have to address it,” Moody told the commission at a meeting in January. “We can’t have people waiting for long periods of time to vote.”

The five precincts proposed for splits are Mimosa Crest, Ninety Six Mill, Marshall Oaks, Greenwood 6 and Emerald. The commission gave Moody approval to draw new maps for those precincts in January before approving the preliminary maps at their meeting last Friday. The proposed maps can be viewed by clicking the links in the sidebar.

“In splitting the precincts, we tried to preserve neighborhoods in order to avoid confusion,” Moody said. “We want to avoid people in one part of a neighborhood voting in one precinct and the other part voting at a different precinct.”

Moody received preliminary approval to use several facilities for polling locations as part of the process, including Ninety Six High School, the John Lamb Community Center, Ashley House and Brewer Middle School.

Moody said that splitting the Emerald precinct will require splitting a census block, which must be done by the Department of Research. All of the precincts must still receive the approval of the Department of Justice before they can be finalized.

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