Johnson County commissioners on Monday approved an order changing election precinct boundaries. Commissioners said population growth and state statutes necessitated the change.
The change, which goes into effect January 2022, revises six election precincts and creates six new ones, Johnson County Attorney Bill Moore said.
“This change just affects voter box boundaries,” Commissioner Larry Woolley said. “The commissioner precinct lines stay the same.”
Woolley added that those too may change once redistricting is carried out.
“We really are very hesitant and hate to change anything when it comes to voting lines or precincts line because it confuses voters and takes a little bit to get used to it,” Commissioner Kenny Howell said. “But we just want people to know that we had to do this. We just have too many people in these boxes.
“State statutes require that only a certain amount of people can be in each box. Therefore, because of this massive increase in population we basically had to do this.”
Howell said commissioners and the Johnson County Election’s Office plan to disseminate information between now and 2022 to help cut down on voter confusion.
County Election’s Administrator Patty Bourgeois said she would like to see the county transition to county-wide voting by 2023.
Commissioners agreed but said that will largely depend on state funding given that changing over involves considerable expense.