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Posted on: June 29, 2022

[ARCHIVED] What you need to know about City ward changes ahead of the Aug. Primary Election

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Before voting in the Aug. 2 Primary Election, it’s important to know about possible changes to your ward and polling place.

WARD CHANGES: Earlier this year, the City Council finalized a new ward map for the City’s six wards. These borders are redrawn every 10 years to reflect population changes determined by the U.S. Census and to comply with Jackson County Commission district lines. The map selected by the council changes boundaries for every ward but Ward 1.

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR RESIDENTS: Depending on where you live, this could change who represents you on the City Council, what ward you live in, and where you go to vote in-person. The City Clerk’s Office is mailing out updated voter registration cards to impacted residents, informing them of their new ward and voting location. The map included with this article is the new ward and precinct map. A closer look at this map is available on the City website, elections. There are no changes to polling place locations. The ward alterations do not impact submission of absentee voter ballots, which will continue to submitted to the City Clerk’s Office through mail, drop box or hand submission.

ELECTION INFORMATION: Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 2 for the primary election. All absentee ballots must be returned to the City Clerk’s Office by 8 p.m. on Election Day to be counted in the election. Voters will decide primaries for Congress, Governor, State Senate, State House and County Commission. There are no City of Jackson elections on the ballot. Voters will have one ballot proposal to consider for the Jackson Area Transportation Authority (JATA). The local bus and shuttle service is seeking approval of a millage renewal.

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