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O'hara voting districts to be reconfigured

Tawnya Panizzi
| Thursday, July 31, 2008

About 280 O'Hara residents could be switched to a new voting district in the fall to help balance some recent and heavy development along the Allegheny River.

Council has applied to the Allegheny County Elections Division for reapportionment, which means some residents would vote at a new polling place in November.

"Basically, we wanted to even out all the districts," Township Manager Julie Jakubec said.

Some residents who live in Ward 1, District 1 will be moved to Ward 5, District 2.

It is unclear which polling site they will be transferred to, Jakubec said.

Voters will be notified by county officials when the reapportionment is final.

She said the calculations are based on total population, not the number of registered voters.

"Ward 1 has become so heavy because of all the development along the waterfront," Jakubec said.

Four residential developments -- Continental Communities, Lighthouse Harbor, The Cove and Chapel Harbor at the Water -- will add an estimated 2,000 people to the area.

At one point, there was a suggestion to council that the neighborhoods along the water could be its own new voting ward.

Each of the five districts represented by a council member is targeted to have about 800 people.

Based on the 2000 Census, Ward 1 had 1,100 people, whereas Ward 5 had only 515 people.

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