OWLS HEAD —The chair of the Owls Head Selectboard asked the state to not split the town into two House Legislative districts.

“Needless to say, splitting the town of Owls Head creates confusion for the residents and undue hardship on our small town staff,” Board Chair Gordon Page said in a Sept. 22 email to Rep. Valli Geiger, D-Rockland, Sen. David Miramant, D-Camden, and to former U.S. Congressman David Emery, who advised the Maine Reapportionment Commission.

“Despite the fact that the current proposal is a bipartisan legislative effort, I hope that you will argue against the proposal.”

The Maine Reapportionment Commission voted unanimously Sept. 24 to approve the Maine House districts. The full Maine Legislature will hold a special session Wednesday, Sept. 29, to vote on finalizing the new voting districts. If the Legislature is unable to gain two-thirds support for any of the new maps, those portions will be settled by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. The new districts will first be in place for statewide primaries in June 2022.

Reapportionment of federal, state and local districts are done every 10 years based on new population figures in the U.S. Census.

Owls Head is proposed to be divided into two districts — Maine House Districts 42 and 43 — for the next 10 years.

Currently, Owls Head is in Maine House District 93 which consists of all of Owls Head and Rockland.

Maine House District 42 would consist of Rockland, North Haven, Criehaven, Matinicus Isle, Muscle Ridge Islands and the part of Owls Head north and northwest of the area described as follows: Beginning at the point where Dublin Road begins at the border of South Thomaston, then west along the center line of Dublin Road until it intersects with Ash Point Drive, then northwest along the center line of Ash Point Drive until it intersects with South Shore Drive, finally northeast along the center line of South Shore Drive until the bridge over the estuary.

Maine House District 43 would consist of Cushing, South Thomaston, St. George and Thomaston; and the part of Owls Head south and southeast of the area described as follows: Beginning at the point where Dublin Road begins at the border of South Thomaston, then east along the center line of Dublin Road until it intersects with Ash Point Drive, then northwest along the center line of Ash Point Drive until it intersects with South Shore Drive, finally northeast along the center line of South Shore Drive until the bridge over the estuary.

The change would mean that when Owls Head residents vote at the polls, there will be two separate ballots and town election officials will need to identify where in the town each voter lives to make sure they get the correct ballot.

While Owls Head is within one Maine House District currently, it was split into two districts from 2002 through 2010.