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Adjustment of precinct configuration, boundaries, etc.
(a) The county governing body shall have sole authority to change the configuration, boundaries, or designation of an election precinct. Any change so determined shall be adopted by resolution of the county governing body.
(b) A county governing body shall only change a precinct by dividing the precinct into two or more precincts except when in order to make it more convenient for voters to vote, or to facilitate the administration of the election process, or to accomplish reapportionment, it becomes necessary to consolidate all or part of a precinct with adjacent precincts, a part or parts may be consolidated.
(c) Except as may be provided further by local election laws or by the electronic vote counting statutes, whenever at any general or primary election it is anticipated over 2,400 votes will be cast on an electronic voting machine , the county governing body shall adjust the boundary lines of the election precincts or shall authorize the judge of probate to separate the list of qualified registered voters in such precinct into alphabetical groups so as to provide one electronic voting machine for every 2,400 votes or fraction thereof cast and may divide or consolidate any number of precincts and resubdivide the same in order that not more than 2,400 votes shall be cast on a single electronic voting machine and voters are authorized to vote at only one place.
(d) In changing any precinct boundary, the county governing body shall comply with the requirements of Section 17-6-2.
(e) Within 30 days after the adoption of any resolution as provided in this section, the county governing body shall send to the Permanent Legislative Committee on Reapportionment a certified copy of the resolution and a copy of a map showing the new precinct boundaries together with a written description of such boundaries.
(Acts 1989, No. 89-952, p. 1874, §7; §17-5A-7; amended and renumbered by Act 2006-570, p. 1331, §27.)