New precinct map proposal for Hamilton County
CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (WDEF)- It was a full room at the Hamilton County Election Commission as the public gave their thoughts on the new precincts.
“We have to make sure that we are providing voters with information that by law that they must have access to and should know. That would include what our precinct is, what their polling places are, what district they have for county commission, and eventually what house and state senate district they’re in,” said Nate Foster, Assistant Administrator of Elections.
The current proposal is pending the state working on finishing redrawing its lines.
“Once we finalize our precinct lines which will be sometime probably late January early February when the state finishes drawing their lines. We will mail out a new voter registration card and that will be distinct from a normal voter registration card. It will be made clear there that this is for redistricting,” said Foster
Foster says even though Hamilton county is going from 135 to 88 precincts it will allow for more voting polls.
“There have not been any mass polling places closures. We’ve actually increased the number of overall polling places. We actually will have more poll places now than we’ve ever had,” said Foster.
This will be used for the May county elections.
Another concern the public voiced was potential early voting locations and access.
“I use public transportation because I don’t have any other transportation. I won’t be able to get to the John a Patton rec center to go to early voting whereas if I had to go to South Chattanooga wreck I could easily catch a bus and be there in less than five minutes,” said RoseMary Porter.