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Ogden Dunes adjusts voting districts

Updated: December 5, 2012 9:27AM



VALPARAISO — The town of Ogden Dunes made minor changes to its five districts, a matter which came before the Porter County Election Board on Tuesday.

Town Council member Paul Panther said the redistricting, which has already been filed with Porter County Clerk Karen Martin, is required during census years to keep the districts balanced by population.

The town’s population has dropped to 1,110 from about 1,650, he said, adding one district was unchanged and the others were shifted only slightly.

Still, the issue could cause confusion for those who want to run for office representing a district, since none of the seats are at-large.

“What they’ve done potentially is change who can run in those districts,” said Kathy Kozuszek, Democrat director for the voter registration office.

She said her office relies on district maps to determine where people who want to run for office live.

County Surveyor Kevin Breitzke, whose responsibilities include county maps, said he would avail himself to the office to answer any questions.

In other matters, the board put off another four-year contract with Election Systems and Software, which will save the county $46,000 over its current four-year contract with the firm, until next week because Martin, who is a member of the election board, and board member James Stankiewicz were not at the meeting.

Board president Patrick Lyp said since it’s the largest contract the board and voter registration enter into, he would feel more confident if they were available to share any questions. Sundae Schoon, the Republican director for voter registration, sat in by proxy for Martin during the meeting.

The board is expected to have a brief meeting in the coming week to approve the contract, which includes maintenance of the county’s voting machines.



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