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Berkeley County, Martinsburg OK new political boundaries

December 29, 2011|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The newly redrawn political maps used to elect Berkeley County and city of Martinsburg leaders have been finalized.

The Berkeley County Council earlier this month approved the boundaries for the county's 66 voting precincts and six magisterial districts drawn by county Clerk John W. Small's office, with the assistance of county Information Technology Director Gary Wine.

Magisterial districts are used in the election of county council members. No more than one council member can be elected from a particular magisterial district, under state code.

Among the most notable changes in the new magisterial district lines was the placement of Martinsburg residents in the Adam Stephen district, officials said. The city was split between at least two magisterial districts under the previous district map.

The number of voting precincts in Berkeley County was not changed, but residents now can find the precinct they reside in via a newly launched "Interactive Redistricting Map" on the county's website at http://www.berkeleywv.org/

A more comprehensive version of the mapping tool will be launched at a later date, but the voting precinct lines depicted are accurate, Wine said this week.

The precinct boundaries were drawn in coordination with the city, which recently finalized new lines for its five wards. The new ward boundaries were adopted last week by the Martinsburg City Council.

Five members of the seven-member city council are elected by ward. Two at-large council seats, along with the mayor, are elected citywide.

The city's newly redrawn ward map, which will be used in the June 2012 municipal election, can be viewed on Martinsburg's website at http://tmcms.techmethods.com/tmcms_files/Martinsburg_Wards%20Nov172011.pdf

  More information about running for elected office in Martinsburg is available on the city's website at http://www.cityofmartinsburg.org/ or by contacting City Recorder Gena Long at 304-264-2131, ext. 273.

 Those interested in obtaining more information about running for county elected offices can contact the voter registration division of the Berkeley County Clerk's Office at 304-264-1989

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