County adjusts primary election districts to balance population
Vancouver, WA – Voters will have new district boundaries for nominating county commissioner candidates, beginning with the primary election in 2012.
Clark County is divided into three geographical districts. The purpose of each district is for voters to select two people in the primary to run for a seat on the Board of County Commissioners in the general election. Voters from the entire county then select winners in the general election.
Under state law, the three commissioner districts must be as equal as possible in population. The federal census from 2010 showed that population increases outside of central Vancouver in the previous decade led to many more people living in Districts 1 and 2 than in District 3.
As a result, the Board was required to revise district boundaries to restore the balance. Boundaries adopted this week increase both the population and geographical area in District 3 by reducing the population and geographical areas of Districts 1 and 2.
Each district now includes about 142,000 people. Maps showing changes and new boundaries are available at http://www.clark.wa.gov/bocc/current_issues/issues.html.
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