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With election season gearing up, the Haywood County Board of Elections has been busy implementing updated NC House of Representatives and NC Senate maps approved by the state legislature.

“Most of the nearly 42,000 voters in Haywood County were affected by this process, the biggest change is that all residents in Haywood County are now represented by NC Senate District 50,” said Robert Inman, Haywood County Director of Elections.

Prior to redistricting Haywood County was split with two Senate Districts. House district 47, which is currently represented by Senator Ralph Hise and House district 50 a seat currently represented by Senator Jim Davis.

There was also a significant change to the split between House of Representatives Districts 118, currently held by Rep. Ray Rapp, and 119, currently held by Rep. Phil Haire.

“The lines were changed in such a way that all the five Waynesville precincts (Center, East, South 1, South 2, and West Waynesville)  as well as the Allens Creek, Hazelwood, Iron Duff and Lake Junaluska and small part of Ivy Hill precincts are now in District 119 and the rest of the county’s precincts are in district 118,” Inman said.

Although the majority of the redistricting tasks are complete and going through the auditing processes at the state level; Inman urged county voters to be mindful that there will almost certainly be issues arising that will need additional research by the Haywood County Board of Elections and other organizations in order to provide the most accurate voter information possible.

“Haywood County voters deserve our best efforts in insuring continued fair, open and above all else honest elections processes” Inman said.

Voters who wish to check what district they are in may call the Haywood County Board of Elections at 828-452-6633, visit the county Elections website, or visit the state Board of Elections website, www.ncsbe.gov and click on “My Elections Information.”

For more information, contact:
David Teague, Public Information Officer
Haywood County
828-452-7305; 828-400-9691 or
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