Hancock County redraws voting lines


When voters in Hancock County go to the polls during the August primary elections, many will cast their ballots at new voting precincts.

"You'll see changes in different areas throughout the county because of redistricting," said Hancock County Circuit Clerk Karen Ruhr.

The biggest change will come in the Pearlington community where residents now fall under District one instead of District two. They will now vote at the Pearlington Community Center on Highway 604.

New District lines also created a new voting precinct for residents who live in the Garden Isle community.

"Garden Isle Precinct will remain voting at the old Government Complex on Longfellow Drive," Ruhr explained. "Edwardsville will begin voting in the new fire station on Highway 603. Edwardsville will remain in District 5. The new Garden Isle precinct will become District 4."

In the northern part of the county, some voters in the Dedeaux community will now be required to vote at the Standard Fire Department on Highway 603 instead of the Dedeaux school.

The same goes for some voters in District three who will now vote at the Bay St. Louis Library instead of the Hancock County Courthouse.

"We have mailed to each person that had a change, a new voter registration card with a letter that explains why the change was made and what was done," said Ruhr.

She said the population shift to the northern part of the county following Katrina had a lot to do with how the new district lines were drawn.

Anyone with questions about the voting changes can contact the Hancock County Circuit Clerk's office at 228-467-5265.

One other note, anyone who will be out of town can begin casting absentee ballots Monday morning.

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