Warren County To Get Major Voting Changes

By Michael Gossum | 

Redistricting may be settled for the first time in almost two years, but not everyone is thrilled about how lawmakers drew the lines.

"My first thoughts were, they were not kind to us at all," said Warren County Clerk Dot Owens.

Owens says her office has a lot of work to do.

"You have to have at least two voting machines there. So, that means that the county is going to have to come up with the money to purchase these extra machines," said Owens.

Owens says Warren County will move from about 64 to 80 precincts.

"We've even got to get precinct sites for these new precincts. On the precinct sites, it has to be handicap accessible. I think there's a 20 page survey we have to do on each precinct site, so that it will pass Frankfort," said Owens.

The new map for the state house of representatives splits Warren County up into six districts and has some quirky measures.

For example, one precinct is currently just one house and new lines split another house into two districts.

From the legislative side, one of the biggest moves is coming from Rep. C.B. Embry.

He plans to run for state senate

Embry has political ties to Butler and Ohio counties and will have to do well in Muhlenberg and Hopkins Counties also.

"The other two counties will be a challenge and I'll have to work on it. Butler and Ohio then Muhlenberg and Hopkins and I feel good about the other two as well," said Rep. C.B. Embry, R-Morgantown.

Now many people have a lot to do before a filing deadline in early November.

Rep. Jim DeCesare R-Rockfield also officially announced he's going to run in one of the new districts and he's excited about the opportunity.

All of this comes from the legislative redistricting lawmakers have to do every ten years to account for population changes.

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