Bulova Asks for Consideration of New Voting Precinct, Polling Location for GMU Campus
May 24, 2011 – Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova today asked County staff to consider creating a new voting precinct and polling location on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University. The move would give campus residents the most convenient option for voting and would accommodate the rapid growth of on-campus housing planned at Mason.
“An on-campus polling location and new campus precinct would ensure that Mason students, faculty, administration and staff would be fairly represented at the polls well into the future. The growth the campus is experiencing, with 7500 new on-campus residential units planned for the next five years, requires new services like on-campus voting,” Chairman Bulova said.
The new polling location and precinct would also meet the desires of Mason students, who have long advocated for a more convenient and easily accessible place to vote, Chairman Bulova said. “We want the students and employees of George Mason, especially those living on-campus, to feel like they are part of the Fairfax County community.”
The Board directed County staff to work with George Mason University to determine the feasibility of and support for a Mason precinct and polling location, and if supported and feasible include them in the County Executive's recommendations for new precincts and precinct boundaries due to the Board later this spring. These changes are required following the redistricting action by the General Assembly. The General Assembly’s redistricting plan splits the Woodson precinct at the eastern boundary of George Mason campus (Roberts Road), effectively isolating the campus. County staff will work with GMU to create the new precinct and polling location.