Wilson County Administrator of Elections Phillip Warren said the changes to the wards are part of a countywide redistricting effort. Wilson County Commission in 2011 approved a redistricting plan, and the state and federal governments also approved redistricting plans this year.
Warren noted the City of Mt. Juliet approved redistricting of its City Commission boundaries on April 3.
Were redistricting the whole county, Warren said. Our job is to go street by street and get everyone in a new polling place.
The new map that shows six slightly altered wards puts Ward 2 with 4,515 residents, making it the largest. Also, Ward 1 would become the second largest with 4,424 residents.
Wards 4, 5 and 6 would all be decreased in populations while Ward 3 would take an increase of 826 residents.
Warren said after they change polling places of residents who are affected, all registered voters would receive a new registration card in the mail sometime in May. He said Lebanon needed to approve their redistricting as soon as possible in order to include their changes with the other local plans.
If we did their changes separately, the city would have had to pay, Warren said.
Since all local voting districts have been reviewed along with changes to state and federal districts, Warren said the local governments avoid any costs associated with issuing new registration cards.
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