New Castle News

November 20, 2013

Judge OKs election district changes

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Lawrence County President Judge Dominick Motto has approved a plan to consolidate and add election districts in the county.

Motto issued an order approving the plan on Monday, the same day he conducted a hearing on the matter.

The remapping plan now must be approved by the Pennsylvania Department of State before it can take effect.

County elections director Ed Allison said he expects quick consideration and approval, perhaps by the end of November.

He said he has been in communication with the Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Legislation within the state department, which already has been sent a legal description, a copy of the maps and the minutes of a committee that drafted the changes. The one remaining item to be delivered is the judge’s order, he said.

The changes are being made to bring voter registration rolls in compliance with the state election code. The code requires districts to have no fewer than 300 voters and no more than 1,200 voters.

The net result will be a reduction of four districts, lowering the number in the county to 75. The changes would take effect for the May 2014 primary.