CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A ward realignment in Dunbar will not lead to any changes in where voters cast their ballots, a Kanawha County official said Tuesday.
There was some confusion over the matter at a Monday meeting of Dunbar City Council.
City Clerk Ross Harrison told council members the realignment would not change any voter's precinct location, but Mayor Jack Yeager said that his polling place, which hadn't changed, was now located in a different ward.
"There is still a question of whether voter locations will change," he said.
Pat Fisher, registrar for Kanawha County Clerk Vera McCormick's office, confirmed that no polling place would change.
Precinct locations are chosen for the voter's convenience, even if the precinct location is outside the voter's ward, she said, and voters will still receive the correct ballot for the ward in which they now live.
"If you live in Precinct 291, you will see the ballot only for Precinct 291," she said. "You will see the people running in that ward on that ballot."
Voters will receive new cards with their precinct numbers and locations, Fisher said.
The realignment, which became effective Nov. 15, was undertaken after the 2010 Census showed that population shifts within the city had led to unequal population distribution among the four wards.
An estimated one-third of the city's residents will see changes in their council representation.
Harrison said city officials worked closely with the county clerk's office to ensure that anything done would not affect other local and state districts.