(12/16/2001)
Some voting districts will be realigned in Calhoun because of shifts in population during the past ten years. The Calhoun Commission will consider the changes at a special meeting on December 21 at 1 p.m. The meeting will be open to comment and probably the changes will be voted upon.

The changes are required to comply with the equal representation principles required by the U. S. Constitution, and are made every ten years when census figures are released.

The Calhoun Commission will consider the formulation of five magisterial districts in the county:

District One (Sheridan) population 1508
District Two (Sherman) population 1477
District Three (Center) population 1452
District Four (Lee) population 1562
District Five (Washington) population 1583

To accomplish the equalization three areas of District 5 (Washington) must be moved to District 4 (Lee) and District 2 (Sherman).

Description of the areas of change:

(1) Description of area to be moved to District 2, (Sherman).
Beginning at the intersection of Route 16 and County Route 16/25, thence with County Route 16/25 0.7 miles to the intersection of county Route 5/7, thence with county Route 5/7 2.5 miles to a point at the old district line, thence with the old district eastwardly 0.4 miles to the Gilmer county line, thence with the Gilmer County line 1.75 miles to the point where the right fork of Crummies Creek intersects, thence with the right fork of Crummies Creek Westerly for 3.0 miles to a point where County Route 16/25 intersects Crummies Creek, thence with the County Route 16/25 for 0.4 miles to a point where Crummies Creek intersects the County Route 16/25, thence with Crummies Creek Westerly 0.7 miles to the intersection of State road 16, thence with State Route 16 0.1 miles to the beginning. Containing 62 people according to 2000 Census Maps.

(2) Description of area to be moved to District 4, (Lee).
Beginning at the intersection of State Route 16 and County Route 16/26, thence southerly with state route 16 0.9 miles to the intersection of left fork of the West Fork of the Little Kanawha river, thence with the left fork 100 feet to the West Fork of the Little Kanawha River, thence with the West Fork of the Little Kanawha River 0.9 miles to the intersection of County Route 16/26, thence with County 16/26 0.1 miles to the beginning. Containing 6 people according to 2000 Census maps.

(3) Description of area to be moved to District 4, (Lee).
Beginning at a point where County Route 20/4 and 16/26 intersect, thence with County Route 20/4 3.1 miles to the intersection of County Route 20, thence southerly with County Route 20 1.9 miles to the intersection of county Route 13, thence westerly with County Route 13 1.7 miles to the Roane County line, thence northerly with the Roane County line 2.2 miles to the intersection of the old district line, thence with the old district line easterly crossing County Route 20, thence with the ridge and then down County Route 16/26 to the beginning. Containing 96 people according to the 2000 Census Maps.

The maps showing the above described areas can be viewed in the Office of the Clerk of the Calhoun County Commission during regular business hours.

If this proposed magisterial redistricting plan is adopted by the Calhoun County Commission, voters in the three areas described would be required to update their voter registration to insure that their vote is not challenged in future elections, according to County Clerk Richard Kirby.


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