The candidates voters have seen on their ballots for years are changing this year.
For the first time in decades, all Johnson County voters will cast a ballot in the same race for U.S. Congress, and some of the state representatives and state senators who used to represent local voters won’t anymore.
Thousands of voters will cast ballots in new races next month after statewide redistricting redrew the boundaries of the districts for state representatives, state senators and Congress.
In Johnson County, that means all of the county is included in one congressional district, instead of three. The county will be represented by three state senators, instead of five. And while the county still will have four state representatives, the boundaries of the areas those seats represent will change.
All the changes take effect next year, and voters will cast ballots for those seats in next month’s general election.
Thousands of voters across the county will be voting in a new district, with new candidates who have not represented Johnson County before.
Whether voters will notice is the question.