Think you know the districts you vote in? Think again. Following the 2010 Census, New York state has set the new district lines for Congress, the state Senate and the Assembly. This means that the incumbent who represents you now, even if running for election, might not be on your ballot when you go to the polls in November, and even if re-elected, might not be the person who represents you after Jan. 1.
St. Lawrence County is now divided up among four Assembly districts (115, 116, 117, 118) and three state Senate districts (45, 47, 48). Our congressional district has changed its number (from 23 to 21), and its boundaries as well.
You can find the new district lines by going to http://www.latfor.state.ny.us/ (or just search for LATFOR), then select the 2012 maps that represent your area. At the top of the page are links to any municipalities that are divided. For maps you can zoom in on, use this link http://www.urbanresearchmaps.org/nyredistricting/map.html .
You can also access the LATFOR link via the St. Lawrence County League of Women Voters website: http://slc-leaguewv.org/index.html . The League sponsored online voters guide Vote411 is also available through our website.
The LWV urges you to be an informed voter, starting with knowing the districts in which you can vote.
The writer is president of St. Lawrence County League of Women Voters.