The Town of Hamburg plans to create a new election district and make changes to other districts that have become too large.
"In certain years you can rearrange election districts to take into consideration the change in population," town Clerk George Danyluk said at Monday night's Town Board meeting. "Several of our districts were more than 1,000 voters."
Danyluk said the Erie County Board of Elections requires two voting machines to be used in districts larger than 1,000 voters to cut down on waiting lines.
"In off-year elections there is less potential to have long lines," Danyluk said.
The board Monday accepted his recommendation to create a 55th election district comprising all or parts of Abel, Amsdell and Rogers roads, Brookfield and Countryside lanes, Creekview and Wildwood drives, Pleasant Avenue and Southwestern Boulevard.
Councilmen formally asked the Board of Elections to create the district and make adjustments to districts 9, 10, 16, 18, 20, 22, 26, 27, 29, 31 and 36.
"People will continue to vote in the place they vote now, with the exception of the new district," Councilwoman Kathleen Courtney Hochul said. "We want to encourage people to vote and not have it be a hassle."
Danyluk said residents will receive a postcard from the Board of Elections informing them of their new district and polling place. He said he hopes to place the new district at a location already being used for voting.