The Auditor’s Office has forwarded to the Board of Supervisors a proposed ordinance to revamp Scott County’s election precincts based on the federal census and state redistricting.  Scott County will retain 63 precincts, with new precincts being added due to population increases and shifts, and other precincts being combined to reach that number.  Adding precincts to increase the total number of precincts would also require the county to purchase new voting equipment at approximately $10,000 per precinct added.

Board action will complete the redistricting process in Scott County.  The cities of Bettendorf, Davenport, Eldridge and LeClaire have completed drawing new precinct maps.  Each city with a population of more than 3,500 residents has the responsibility to create precincts for that city.  For unincorporated townships and smaller cities the county board of supervisors is responsible for creating precincts.  To assist the Scott County Board of Supervisors the Auditor’s Office prepared an amendment to the county’s precinct ordinance, including maps of the new precincts.  The County Attorney’s Office reviewed the ordinance, and once the last city completed its precinct process, the ordinance was submitted to the County Board.  Here is a link to the ordinance:

The Board will conduct a public hearing regarding the amendments to the precinct ordinance on Thursday, September 1, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. in the Scott County Administrative Center, 600 West 4th Street, Davenport, Iowa – 1st floor Board Room.  At that time members of the public can address the Board with their comments or questions.  Staff members from the Auditor’s Office will be available to help answer questions.

There are several significant changes to the county precincts.  The City of Blue Grass and Blue Grass Township are combined into one precinct.  There is a new Donahue precinct as state redistricting separated Donahue from Allens Grove Township.  Through an agreement with the City of Eldridge, Sheridan Township will be combined into Eldridge Precinct 2.  There is a new Long Grove precinct as state redistricting separated Long Grove from Winfield Township.  Butler Township is divided into two precincts due to population growth.  There is a new McCausland precinct which takes in most of Butler Township outside of Park View and Scott County Park, and a new Park View precinct which will include Lincoln Township.  Walcott precinct will take in the City of Walcott and Cleona Township.  Finally, there are two small sections of Blue Grass Township surrounded by the City of Davenport.  Those small sections are added into Davenport precincts 11 and 13.  Here is a link to the proposed precinct maps: