Citing population growth and legal requirements, Salt Lake County has realigned many of its voter precincts and created 67 new ones.
The changes, approved by the County Commission, should make voting easier and quicker, according to County Clerk Sherrie Swensen. That's because the county split up districts that had more than 850 registered voters.Swensen said state law requires voting precincts to have fewer than 1,000 registered voters. During the past 13 months, the clerk's office has registered 41,760 new voters. With that number expected to double by November, some of the districts would have exceeded the allowable limits.
Voters affected by the realignment will receive new voter identification cards telling them where to vote.
Commission Chairman Brent Overson predicted the changes will be welcomed by voters. "You may get some quality time with your neighbors, but it's still very discouraging to have long lines to vote. Anything we can do to make the process more accessible will also make the process more credible."