A key argument in favor of switching from countywide to in-district selection of county council members was that the smaller districts would allow for more grassroots campaigns. Rather than have to get a message out to a county of 250,000 — the theory went — candidates in a particular district would only have to reach about 41,500 people. Actually, the number of people needing to be contacted is even smaller than that as each district has roughly 27,500 registered voters. In the primary, a council candidate need contact between 10,000 and 11,000 people to touch base with all of a particular party's registered voters. Consider that it is easy to get a list of likely voters from the local elections office (a list of people who voted in the last non-presidential election year), and it is possible to run a grassroots primary campaign that focuses on fewer than 5,000 registered, likely voters of either of the two major parties.