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Edgar Co. Board splits Paris-5 and Symmes Precincts –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On June 10, 2015

Edgar Co., IL. (ECWd) –

The Edgar County Board, among other items, passed two resolutions during this month’s county board meeting.

One was to split precincts Paris-5 into “Paris-5 and Paris-15”, and the other to split Symmes into “Symmes-1 and Symmes-2”.

This is an annual requirement of the Illinois Election Code (here). The Election Code states that when any precinct exceeds 800 voters, the county board “shall”, at its June meeting, split the precincts to bring them under the 800 voter limit, and as evenly distributed as possible. Additionally, the county board “may” split precincts that exceed 600 voters if they choose to do so.

The “unofficial” maps of the new precincts are below, with the official description “in metes and bounds” to be published after the Edgar County Highway Engineer, Aaron Lawson, determines them. He volunteered to take on that task in order to save county and taxpayer dollars.

Voters will continue to vote in the same polling places as before the split, this will simply provide for more equitable representation of voter interests at the precinct level.

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