Schuyler's top issue: redistricting

WATKINS GLEN — Schuyler County voters have only one local issue to consider on Election Day: redistricting.

Boundaries of legislative districts will change under a plan intended to guarantee fair representation for all county residents. The plan was approved by county lawmakers in August.

If voters give their approval, the redistricting changes would be implemented in a transition staggered over elections in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

The public vote is necessary because the transition includes the legislature being composed of nine lawmakers instead of the current eight for one year, 2014.

The county’s population numbers have shifted, forcing lawmakers to address redistricting. Legislators also wanted to update county election laws that have created confusion and been the origin of lawsuits over the years.

Written by
Glenda Gephart