Washington County's population growth is affecting more than schools, roads and home prices.
Washington County Board of Elections officials say they're anticipating a 12 percent increase in the number of registered voters for the 2006 election, a trend that's expected to continue beyond 2010.
More voters mean more voting machines, more precincts and more election judges, which means the Election Board will need a bigger budget.
Election Board officials presented the information to the County Commissioners on Tuesday.
"We want to keep you folks informed of what's going on from our perspective," Election Board president Charles Mobley said.
With about 9,900 new voters anticipated from 2004 to 2006, the Election Board will need four new precincts, possibly 30 additional voting units and eight new chief judges for the 2006 elections.