FARMINGTON -- Two of Davis County's 31 newly proposed voting precincts are in the middle of the Great Salt Lake.
Another 12 precincts have no registered voters in them because the precinct borders encompass only commercial, industrial or undeveloped properties.
Another 14 proposed precincts are home to 100 or fewer registered voters, Davis County Election Coordinator Pat Beckstead said.
"We have voting precincts proposed with 19 voters, and five voters," she said of the complicated scenario.
Beckstead recently shared with the Davis County Commission a preliminary map detailing the county's new proposed voting precincts.
The entire county's land mass has to be assigned to a voting precinct. In addition, the boundaries of any one voting precinct cannot cross boundaries of a legislative, congressional or school board district.
With the boundary requirement, precincts have had to be created where there are few or no voters because they can't cross bigger district boundaries to include more voters.
And until the Legislature makes adjustments to the boundaries it has created, Beckstead said, county election officials are stuck with assigning voting precincts to vacant properties, an example being those precincts in the Great Salt Lake.
Davis County is the first county in the state to present its new redistricting map to its commission. The maps are to be submitted to the state by Jan. 31, 2012.
Because the state has not had a chance to view the proposed map, Davis County officials declined to make copies of the precinct map available to the media.
But the map, displayed at the commission meeting on a screen through an overhead projector, resembled noodle casserole without the crunchy potato chip topping.
"What we have here is unofficial," Beckstead told the commission of the map created by the clerk's office and county GIS staff.
Weber County is in the final phase of preparing its voting precinct map, with the intent of presenting it to the Davis County Commission in the second or third week of January, Weber County Chief Deputy Clerk and Election Director Douglas Larsen said.
The county is currently working with the school districts in the county to modify the map in preparation for a final review, Larsen said.
The county's goal is to simplify the map to make it as logical as possible for the public, Larsen said.
The maps, upon commission approval, will be submitted to the Lieutenant Governor's Office and the Utah Automated Geographic Reference Center (UAGRC).
The purpose of the maps is to build county voting precincts around the congressional, legislative house and senate seats and Board of Education boundaries, that have been established by the state legislature, officials said.
New guidelines prevent the county from putting more than one senate, representative, congressional or Davis School Board representative in a voting precinct, Beckstead said.
As a result of the requirements, Davis County has gone from having 187 precincts to 218, Beckstead said, with only a few of the precincts being added because of growth.
"Our hope is that (state officials) will see some of those teeny little pockets and make some adjustments," she said.
Davis County Commissioner John Petroff Jr. said state officials will likely figure out a way to eliminate some of the pocket precincts created by the county's new map.
But the changes Davis County is making to its precinct map should have little impact on voters.
"The majority of (the county's existing precincts) were left the same," Beckstead said.
However, increasing the number of voting precincts in the county will increase election costs due to additional ballots having to be printed, Beckstead said.
The maximum number of registered voters allowed per precinct is 1,250, Beckstead said. With the proposed map, the county's largest precinct would have 1,215 registered voters, she said.