Major Changes After Redistricting

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“Illinois lawmakers have made considerable changes to Montgomery County’s Illinois Senate and Illinois House Representative Districts,”  Montgomery County Clerk Sandy Leitheiser reported.  “We want to be sure Montgomery County voters have all the information they need about these new districts before they go to the polls at the Tuesday, June 28, 2022 General Primary Election and the Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022 General Election.”

Following Montgomery County’s 2020 Decennial Census, Illinois lawmakers, changed all of the district number designations for the IL Senate and IL House of Representatives Districts in Montgomery County. Additionally, Leitheiser stated that redistricting outcomes also changed the IL Senate and House Representative District boundary lines within the county. These redistricting changes will impact the upcoming 2022 election cycle and then remain in place for the next ten years until the 2030 Decennial Census has been completed.

Leitheiser went on to explain that at the U.S. Congressional District level, redistricting in Illinois decreased the number of Congressional Districts statewide from 18 to 17. As a result, Montgomery County still lies entirely within one congressional district, but the district number has changed from the 13th Congressional District to the 15th Congressional District.  The Illinois Senate and House Representative Districts represent the major change to Montgomery County voters in the upcoming ten year census election cycle.

Montgomery County was entirely within IL Senate District #48 before census redistricting changes, but will now be split between two Illinois Senate Districts: the Illinois Senate District #54 and Illinois Senate District #55. Newly drawn Illinois Senate District #54 contains most of the county and includes Audubon Township, Bois D’arc Township, Butler Grove Township, East Fork Township, Grisham Township, Harvel Township, Hillsboro Township, Irving Township, Nokomis Township, North Litchfield Township, Pitman Township, Raymond Township, Rountree Township, South Litchfield Township, Walshville Township, the northern portion of Witt Township and Zanesville Township. The newly drawn Illinois Senate District #55 contains the remaining portion of the county and includes Fillmore Consolidated Township and the southern portion of Witt Township.

According to Leitheiser, the new Illinois House Representative district map represents the most change to voters because Montgomery County was entirely within IL House Representative District #95 before census redistricting changes but will now be split between three Illinois House Representative Districts: Illinois House Representative District #107, Illinois House Representative District #108 and Illinois House Representative District #110. The newly drawn Illinois House Representative District #108 contains most of the county and includes Bois D’arc Township, Butler Grove Township, East Fork Township, Grisham Township, Harvel Township, Hillsboro Township, Irving Township, North Litchfield Township, Pitman Township, Raymond Township, Rountree Township, South Litchfield Township, Walshville Township and Zanesville Township.  The newly drawn Illinois House Representative District #107 includes Audubon Township, Nokomis Township and the northern part of Witt Township. The new Illinois House Representative District #110 includes Fillmore Consolidated Township and the southern portion of Witt Township.

Leitheiser added that the Montgomery County Board District boundary lines remain unchanged after county board redistricting and still include seven total Montgomery County Board Districts. However, Montgomery County Board members approved a resolution last year reducing the size of the county board from 21 members (three members elected per district) to 14 members (two members elected per district) for the next ten years.

“Our office has made diligent efforts to update our voter rolls to reflect all the new redistricting changes, and all voters in Montgomery County will receive new voter identification cards identifying their current districts soon,”  Leitheiser stated.  “We invite any voter who has questions about their individual districts to contact us.”

Voters may contact the Montgomery County Clerk’s office via email at countyclerk@montgomeryco.com, by phone at 217-532-9530, or in person or by mail at #1 Courthouse Square, PO Box 595, Hillsboro, IL  62049.           

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