Congressional District Changes in Boyd County
After every US Census, State Legislatures across the country take on the responsibility of redrawing district lines, based on updated population figures. In 2012, the Kentucky General Assembly ran out of time on an agreement to change the State Senate and House districts according to the new Census numbers. To avoid spending taxpayer money for a costly extended legislative session, lawmakers decided to postpone state-level redistricting until they returned to Frankfort in the winter of 2013.
Despite falling short on state-level redistricting, the General Assembly was able to agree on the redrawing of Kentucky’s 6 United States Congressional districts, resulting in Boyd County being split, with most Precincts still voting in the 4th Congressional District, but with some now voting in the 5th Congressional district. This information will be crucial for voters seeking to learn more about the candidates that will be appearing on their ballot.
THERE WILL BE TWO (2) SECTIONS ON THE BALLOT TO VOTE IN THE 4TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT RACE. THE GENERAL ELECTION ACKNOWLEDGES THE NEW DISTRICT LINES (REFLECTED BELOW), WHILE THE SPECIAL ELECTION IS A VOTE TO FILL A CURRENT VACANCY. ALL BOYD COUNTY VOTERS ARE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE IN THE SPECIAL ELECTION. ((link to page on special election titled “more special election info here”))
In the 4TH and 5th Congressional District General Election portion of the 2012 ballot for Boyd County voters, the Precinct breakdown for either district is as follows:
4th Congressional District Race:
William R. “Bill” Adkins (D)
Thomas Massie (R)
David Lewis (Ind)
The following precincts only:
GRAYSON – SPRINGHILL
5th Congressional District:
Harold “Hal” Rogers (R-Incumbent)
Kenneth S. Stepp (D)
(Link to the polling place lookup site from KY Sec of State: https://cdcbp.ky.gov/VICWeb/index.jsp )
(Link to map of Boyd County reflecting the new Districts http://www.lrc.ky.gov/GIS/2012%20Maps1/County%20Maps/Congressional%20Maps/Boyd%20(CH302C02).pdf )