Board Approves Process, Schedule for 2011 Redistricting
November 16, 2010 – The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors today approved its process and schedule for redrawing the lines that make up the nine supervisor districts in the County. Chairman Sharon Bulova said the purpose of redistricting is to ensure equitably sized voting districts.
“The plan we adopted today will allow us to act quickly and involve the community to ensure Fairfax County residents are properly represented on the Board of Supervisors in time for the elections,” Chairman Bulova said. “Growth in Fairfax County over the last 10 years will likely mean some changes, but those changes won’t become clear until we are able to look at and analyze the data from the 2010 U.S. Census,” Chairman Bulova said.
Chairman Bulova at the meeting pointed to a key change to the 2011 election schedule – the likely decision by State officials to move the primaries from June to mid-August or even early September to account for the tight redistricting timeline. The U.S. Census Bureau will not deliver the data needed to redraw district lines until February. After the Board of Supervisors approves a redistricting plan in late April, it will need to be approved by the U.S. Department of Justice meaning the redrawn districts will most likely not be official until June.
In adopting the plan, the Board established an Advisory Citizen Committee to participate in the process with County staff. Each district supervisor will appoint one member to the committee along with County-wide organizations. Chairman appointed former Board of Supervisors Chairman Katherine Hanley to serve as one of the two at-large members of the committee.
“As a former Secretary of the Commonwealth and Board Chairman, Kate clearly has the knowledge and experience to be an active and important member of the Committee. She is also a veteran of three redistrictings,” Chairman Bulova said.