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Reprecincting Decatur County

Posted on Thursday December 30, 2021
 
Every county in Iowa must review its precinct boundaries after a federal decennial census, according to Iowa law. The ordinance adopted by the Decatur County Supervisors reduces the number of precincts in Decatur County from seven to four. It is expected these changes will address some critical issues.
 

Every county in Iowa must review its precinct boundaries after a federal decennial census, according to Iowa law. 

The ordinance adopted by the Decatur County Supervisors reduces the number of precincts in Decatur County from seven to four.  Precinct 1 will vote at Van Wert Community Center, Precinct 2 will vote at Leon Community Center, Precinct 3 will vote at Lamoni Community Center and Precinct 4 will vote at Davis City Community Center. 

It is expected that these changes in the precincts will address some critical issues:

  • Lack of election workers 
    • Some “retiring” from serving
    • Others will work, but don’t want role of voter check-in (requires use of laptop)
    • Lack of new workers
  • Increasing cost of elections
  • Closes the gap in the difference in population between the current largest and smallest precincts
  • Addresses the steady increase in absentee voting which results in fewer at the polls on election day
  • New technology has made for more efficient process, so increasing registered voter count per precinct has little impact on wait time

The adopted ordinance, map and other required documentation are currently under review with the Iowa Secretary of State and upon approval, will be effective January 15, 2022.  Following approval, updated voter information postcards will be mailed to all Decatur County voters.  The first scheduled election with the new precincts is the June 7, 2022 Primary Election.

2022 precincts

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