How New Legislative District Lines Will Affect Voting

By Adam Chick

November 5, 2012 Updated Nov 5, 2012 at 7:21 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Broome County has redrawn the legislative district lines for 2013 and this could affect who you vote for.

The number of districts in Broome County in 2013 will be reduced from 19 to 15 meaning that the legislator you voted for last election might not be on your ballot again this election.

"Hopefully in the contested races they have seen their legislators out there knocking on doors or have gotten information in the mail about their stance and what they're planning to run on," said Broome County Legislator Jerry Marinich.

Marinich said due to a 2008 vote the Republican controlled legislature was charged with reducing the number of districts.

For instance, Binghamton was reduced to three districts instead of five.

But legislative minority leader Mark Whalen says this was an attempt by Republicans to push the vote out of the Democratic city of Binghamton.

"It sort of stacked the deck with a lot of Republicans having an advantage out in the suburban areas," said Whalen.

"Everybody is entitled to their own opinion. But the fact is that this was done in a very open and unbiased way. We had representatives from both parties serving on the committee," said Marinich.

Whalen says that even though both parties were represented on the committee that redrew the district lines, the Democrats were still outnumbered.

"Basically they had the majority on the legislature so they were the ones that went in, looked at the voting patterns of voters over the last two election cycles and thought, we'll draw the lines," said Whalen.

"Sometimes when things don't go the way you think they should, then you try and say it was slanted," said Marinich.

If you live in Broome County, check your ballot carefully.

"It just might be a shock that, I used to have so and so, and now I got this person. So I think that's going to be the change," said Marinich.

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