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Augusta County voting precincts survey open for feedback

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The Augusta County planning department is beginning the process of redistricting voting precincts and invites county residents to offer commentary on precinct boundaries through an online survey.

The interactive map available for review online reflects the new magisterial district boundaries that were recently redrawn as part of the redistricting process. The map also calls attention to foreseeable changes to specific voting precincts, which need to be aligned with the redrawn congressional district state maps recently approved by the Supreme Court of Virginia.

In order for voting precincts to be contained within a single congressional district as required by  Virginia code, the boundaries of some voting precincts will need to be adjusted. Draft proposals of the changes to voting precincts and polling places will be announced in late January.

Anticipated changes to the county’s precincts and polling places include but are not limited to the following areas.

  • Wilson voting precinct, which used to be entirely in the Wayne district (orange), is now mostly part of Beverley Manor (pink). The boundaries of the Wilson voting precinct will need to be adjusted with the area of the precinct now in Wayne likely being absorbed in the Fishersville voting precinct.
  • Verona voting precinct (the portion west of U.S. Route 11, south of Quicks Mill Road, and east of Berry Farm Road) was moved to the North River district (yellow) from Beverley Manor (pink). This area may need to be reconfigured.
  • Middlebrook voting precinct, which moved from the Riverheads district (blue) to the Pastures magisterial district (brown), would either need to become a new voting precinct of its own or be absorbed into the Buffalo Gap voting precinct.
  • Ridgeview voting precinct had a portion of the area moved from the South River district (purple) to the Riverheads district (blue). The area now in Riverheads will likely become a part of the White Hill voting precinct.

Ridgeview precinct is also close to exceeding the population threshold set by state law (4,141 registered voters out of an allowable maximum of 5,000 registered voters). This means that the geographical area contained in the Ridgeview precinct will likely need to be split in half along a recognizable geographical boundary.

Requirements and Responsibilities

Voting precinct requirements are based on the number of registered voters. Precincts must:

  • Not be split between state election lines
  • Be greater than 100 registered voters and less than 5,000 registered voters.

Additionally, polling places must be Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant and be located within the precinct or within one mile outside the boundaries. Use of public buildings is preferable.

Because the Electoral Board is responsible for establishing new polling locations for the county, the redistricting committee, whose purpose is to redraw magisterial district boundaries and voting precincts, has expanded to include the Electoral Board, Voter Registrar, Constance Evans, and registrar office staff, along with Board of Supervisors representatives, Scott Seaton (Wayne district) and Pam Carter (Pastures district), and county staff and administration. David R. Leatherwood, Georgia Alvis-Long, and Marcy Reedy represent the current Electoral Board.

Timeline

A public hearing for commentary on proposed voting precincts and polling places is tentatively set for February 9, 2022, with consideration for approval by the Board of Supervisors at their regular meeting on February 23.

Please make any precincts and polling locations comments online. Questions can be directed to comdev@co.augusta.va.us and 540-245-5700.

Every ten years, Augusta County must review and analyze new census data to ensure magisterial districts are balanced in population. As part of the process, voting precinct boundaries must be established to reflect the redrawn districts and state congressional district maps. For more about redistricting requirements and general information about the county’s process, visit www.AugustaCountyVA.gov/redistricting.


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