It’s taken some time, but changes to voters’ precincts for most offices are complete.
And, the good news is, for the most part, Valley voters won’t have to relearn any numbers.
On Tuesday, the Spokane County Elections Office mailed more than 195,000 cards to voters who have new precinct numbers. Changes are possible every decade following the completion of the U.S. Census. Changes in population means the district lines are required to be redrawn so that each district has approximately the same number of people.
Affected districts include congressional, legislative, county commissioner and city of Spokane council districts. As a result, the county auditor is required to redraw precinct boundary lines to coincide with these new districts lines.
All of Spokane County continues to stay within the 5th Congressional District. However, precinct changes were necessary in parts of the 3rd, 6th, 7th and 9th Legislative Districts. Some of the changes were just a change in number, said Matha Lou Wheatley-Billeter, county spokeswoman.
Most of the 4th Legislative District precinct – which encompasses most of the Spokane Valley area -- remains the same. Voters with no changes will not receive the mailing, Wheatley-Billeter said.
“Mailing only to voters with precinct changes saves approximately $10,000,” she said.
The numbering system for the precincts is based on the legislative district and whether the precinct is in an incorporated area (city or town) or unincorporated area (county). The first number (3,000) indicates the legislative district; the second number indicates the city or town.
To locate all of your districts and elected officials, voters can go to the following web sites: www.spokanecounty.org/elections,
www.vote.wa.gov or www.buildregionalspokane.org/serviceslocator.aspx.
If you have questions about your precinct or districts, e-mail your name, address and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 509-477-2320.