Voters concerned about where they will be voting
By 01/24/2002 00:00:00
The Ellis County Press
WAXAHACHIE - With two months remaining until the March primary elections, and since the county has been recently redistricted, many Ellis County citizens said they have not received new registration cards and are confused about what precinct they will be voting in.
Jane Anderson, the person behind Ellis County's elections department and redistricting process, said she needs help.
'We're trying to do this the best way that we can,' Anderson said. 'I've been asking for more help down here for I don't know how long.
'We've been eating, drinking and sleeping [trying to get] voter registration cards done. We're trotting along, but we're going to get the job done efficiently,' Anderson said.
Every 10 years, district and precinct boundaries are set according to the U.S. Census figures. Not only do the redistricting maps apply to counties' and state's political boundaries, but city boundaries are affected as well.
'We're gonna pay the price if we don't get this done right. I know what it's like to sit on a redistricting committee and on election day have to find a mistake we made with someone's voting card,' Anderson said.
'[Cornelius] hired a guy to do the redistricting, and he supposedly sent the maps to the Justice Department for approval. But you might want to check with the county judge on that.'
Anderson said if the registration cards are not all mailed out in time for the election, voters can still vote, using their driver's license for identification.