New Lake County precinct map nears final state approval
BY CARRIE NAPOLEON Post-Tribune correspondent September 17, 2013 7:28PM
Michelle Fajman, director of the Lake County Board of Elections and Voter Registration, says changes to the county precinct map in response to the 2010 Census results were minor. | Associated Press
Updated: October 20, 2013 7:19AM
CROWN POINT — Final state approval of Lake County’s precinct map resulting from mandated redistricting following the 2010 U.S. Census is expected in about a month.
Tuesday, the Lake County Board of Elections and Voters Registration approved an order formally establishing the precincts that were reviewed and approved by the state election commission in June. The order now will be passed along to J. Bradley King and Trent Deckard, co-directors of the Indiana Elections Division, for final approval, said Michelle Fajman, department director.
Anyone interested in challenging the new precinct map will have the opportunity to do so in writing after it receives Election Division approval.
Fajman said the changes to the county map were minor.
“The precinct changes were all due to either annexation or city and town redistricting or precincts exceeding the legal limit,” Fajman said.
In all, the county lost five precincts, though some communities may have gained precincts. Hammond lost Precinct 516, which originally served residents form the long-vacant Kennedy Park Apartments. Crown Point, Whiting and Merrillville each added a new precinct.
The new map does a little house-cleaning and eliminates small precincts that had been created by annexations and new subdivisions since the 2000 U.S. Census, she said.
Any resident who will have a new voting location due to a precinct change will be notified by mail after the challenge period ends. Fajman said all information must be on file by the end of the year, prior to the Jan. 8 opening of candidate filing for the spring elections.