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Kentucky Redistricting Splits Some Cities Down The Middle

Kentuckys General Assembly has redrawn its House and Senate districts to reflect the states growth from 2000 to 2010.

Governor Steve Beshear signed the changes into law.

The redistricting adds four new House seats but none in Northern Kentucky. It also redraws the boundaries between Diane St. Onges 63rd House District and Adam Koenigs 69th House District.

The new boundary goes down the middle of Dixie Highway, splitting parts of Ft. Mitchell, Lakeside Park and Crestview Hills.

When you take those three communities and you bisect them when its completely unnecessary to do so is what I take issue with, St. Onge told Local 12 Friday afternoon. You have Lakeside Park, my city, with one-and-a-half precincts that belong to Representative Koenig and one-and-a-half that are mine.

Despite the new boundaries, St. Onge says the redistricting is a vast improvement.

Dividing the cities and splitting the precincts creates a headache for Kenton County Clerk Gabrielle Summe. She now has to re-draw precinct lines or create multiple ballots for individual precincts. That takes time and costs taxpayer money.

It can also confuse voters and poll workers.

A lot of people are no longer going to be voting for the person they have voted for in the past, said Summe. By breaking areas up, even if someone goes to the same polling location theyve always gone to it might likely be a completely different ballot.

Sam Harrell of Lakeside Park is represented by St. Onge but was moved by redistricting into Koenigs. He says he has not strong ties to St. Onge and will deal with any changes on election day. But he is irritated that despite the regions growth, Northern Kentucky does not have a new district.

That kind of bothers me. Northern Kentucky is the driving engine for the rest of Kentucky. Why are we consistently under-represented?




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