A new Bull Run voting precinct has been created in Anderson County, and the boundaries of other precincts have been moved.
Part of the Woodland District in Oak Ridge is now split between District 6 and District 8. That district now extends outside Oak Ridge into the Elza Gate and Lake Hills areas and includes voters on Highway 62.
Oliver Springs is now completely located within District 5, and Anderson County no longer is part of the 38th State House District, according to information from the Anderson County Election Commission.
The changes are part of the redistricting of state and county precincts following the 2010 census.
The Election Commission is letting voters know about the changes in some 22,000 letters being sent out now.
Here are other significant changes:
- The Brushy Valley area formerly aligned with Fairview (District 3) is now part of the Claxton precinct (District 1).
- Areas of Dutch Valley that once were part of District 5 are now aligned with District 4, and their voting precinct is Lake City Middle.
- The northeastern part of the county, which was part of the 38th House District, is now part of the 36th State House District, represented by Dennis Powers. “A good guide is anything in the county northeast of Interstate 75, now lies in the 36th District,” the Election Commission said.
Precinct maps are available on the Anderson County Election Commission’s website.
Here is some other voting information:
- Bull Run, the county’s newly created precinct, will vote at the Claxton Community Center. It is the county’s largest with 3,081 registered voters. (The Emory Valley precinct is the second largest with 2,941 registered voters, and the Clinton precinct is third with 2,884 voters.)
- Early voting begins July 13-28, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.
- Governor Bill Haslam signed into law a measure that changed the age that a voter can request an absentee ballot from age 65 to 60. “With the new photo ID law, we have seen a major increase in the number of folks who have requested the ability to vote by mail, and this law should only increase the number,” the Election Commission said.