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McCordsville forms new voting districts

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McCORDSVILLE — When McCordsville was much smaller, there was no problem with its elected town council members running for office using “at large” status, meaning they were not from specific areas within the town.

The town’s population is now about 5,000. Turns out McCordsville outgrew its right to allow candidates at-large status about 1,500 residents ago.

The council began looking into the issue in November and then voted last week to have three of its five council members elected from newly formed districts. The other two candidates can use at-large status.

The districts are:

►District 1: All residents south of Broadway Street and west of CR 600W.

►District 2: All properties east of CR 600W.

►District 3: All properties north of Broadway Street and west of CR 600W.

The new districts do cross through existing precinct lines. Residents north of CR 900N and east of CR 600W are now in McCordsville District 2, but remain in the M-1 voting precinct, which votes at McCordsville Town Hall.

Residents of precinct M-2 (which includes all of District 1) and the southern portion of District 3 will vote as part of precinct M-2 at McCordsville Elementary School.

When the districts do change, the precinct lines can change to better match the new districts. That decision will be the responsibility of the Hancock County Commissioners.

The approval last week that created the three districts kept populations relatively even. District 1 has a population of about 1,757; District 2 has about 1,502; and District 3 has about 1,538 (based on 2010 U.S. Census information).

The current terms for at-large council members Barry Wood and Max Miese expire Dec. 31, 2014, meaning that they or their successors will be elected during the 2014 election cycle.

The terms of the other council members, Brent Barnes, Tom Strayer and Larry Longman, expire Dec. 31, 2015. That election cycle will see the selection of three council members from each of the three new districts.

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