By Glenn Collins
Friday, August 3, 2012 | 2:08 PM
|This graphic depicts the change of the boundary line for Precinct 5 approved Friday by the Winston County Commission. The Northern boundary was the Arley corporate limit and is now sections 28, 29 and 30. Click on image for larger view.|
The Winston County Commission held an emergency meeting Friday morning to move a precinct line in time for the November general election.
The Commission moved the north boundary of Precinct 5 from the Arley corporate limit up to a line formed by sections 28, 29 and 30 to the North and Smith Lake to the East and West.
The move simply brings the precinct line North to match the Board of Education district line. Commissioners said that this move legitimizes what has been the practice all along. Voters should notice no difference. The approximately 122 voters affected have always voted in Arley, according to Commissioner Bobby Everett. He added, "That is the sole purpose (of this change)." They were, however, in Precinct 7 and the State of Alabama told the county to make the change or those voters would have to go to Addison and vote in the Meek school district. Hobby Manasco, counsel for the Commission, said, "This allows voters who have traditionally voted in Arley to continue to vote in Arley."
The Board of Registrars will notify all affected voters.
The move will be forwarded to the U.S. Department of Justice for approval and will take effect in the November general election. This will have no effect on the September election. All voters will vote in the same place they have always voted.