Some Lauderdale County resident will vote in Congressional District 4 on May 24

District changes for primary election
Published: May. 18, 2022 at 9:15 PM CDT|Updated: May. 19, 2022 at 7:14 AM CDT

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WAFF) - Voters in Lauderdale County, we are on your side clearing up any confusion you may have ahead of the primary election. The confusion stems from the recently redrawn congressional maps.

Six Republicans are fighting for the 5th congressional district seat currently held by Mo Brooks. For years, this district has included all of Jackson, Madison, Limestone and Lauderdale counties. Now, a large portion of Lauderdale County is in a different district.

“I expect some confusion at the voting locations with people confused about what district they are in,” said Lauderdale County Probate Judge William Motlow.

Lauderdale County has essentially been cut in half. The eastern half stays in district 5. The rest, including most of the city of Florence, is moving to the 4th district.

“The western end of the county is in the 4th congressional district and the eastern end of the county is in the 5th congressional district,” Judge Motlow said.

So, why did this happen? The 2020 census showed growth in the 5th district, meaning part of it needed to be cut off to keep power balanced in the state. If you live in part of the county that’s moved to the 4th district, all those ads you’ve been seeing for Casey Wardynski and Dale Strong, don’t affect you anymore. If you are a Republican, the 4th district race won’t even be on your ballot because Robert Aderholt doesn’t have a challenger. Rhonda Gore and Rick Neighbors will be on the ballot Tuesday as Democrats.

WAFF's Kellie Miller reporting

Motlow said that’s not the only change made.

“Besides the federal congressional district change, we’ve also had district changes in the state house and state senate seats as well so there is a chance that your representative or your senator has changed also,” Motlow said. “So be aware of that too. Find out what district you are in so that you can go ahead and be looking into the candidates and decide how you want to cast your vote on Tuesday.”

Voters should have received a notice in the mail to let them know if their district changed. If you are unsure about your district, you have options.

“You can go to the secretary of state’s website,” said Motlow. “Look under voter information and you can see what district you are in and what precinct you are supposed to vote. You can also contact the board of registrars.”

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