Board of Supervisors Adopts Redistricting Plan

April 26, 2011

Today, the Board of Supervisors adopted a redistricting plan, and the county will submit this plan by the end of the week to the U.S. attorney general for review as required by federal law.

The plan maintains nine supervisor districts, but it shifts seven voting precincts to different districts, as well as changes the boundaries of three precincts. The complete precinct list and boundary changes are posted on on the redistricting Web page, and the entire plan, as submitted to the attorney general, will be published online later this week. The plan also will be available for inspection at the Office of the Clerk to the Board of Supervisors from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

The following precincts were moved:

  • Bristow moves from Braddock to Mason District.
  • Eagle View and Monument move from Springfield to Braddock District.
  • Walnut Hill No. 2 moves from Providence to Mason District.
  • Hunt moves from Mount Vernon to Springfield District.
  • Coates moves from Hunter Mill to Dranesville District.
  • Colvin moves from Dranesville to Hunter Mill District.

Although Virginia law states that the new plan shall take effect immediately, federal law requires the plan to complete the preclearance process before being implemented. Through this process, the attorney general may raise objections to the plan based on the requirements of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Every registered voter in the county will receive a new voter information card before the general election. Voters can check their current registration status and polling place at Virginia State Board of Elections website.

The public may send comments on the county’s redistricting plan by mail to the U.S. Department of Justice at:

Chief, Voting Section
Civil Rights Division
Room 7254 - NWB
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20530

Comments sent via other delivery services should be sent to: Chief, Voting Section, Civil Rights Division, Room 7254-NWB, U.S. Department of Justice
1800 G Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20006

Comments also may be e-mailed or faxed to202-616–9514. For comments sent by mail, email or fax, the first page and the envelope, if any, should be marked: ‘‘Comment under section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.’’

Last year, the Board of Supervisors created a 21-member advisory committee to make recommendations on redistricting. This group included representatives from each supervisor district; the Democratic and Republican parties; Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce; Federation of Citizens Associations; League of Women Voters; the African-American, Hispanic and Asian/Pacific Islander communities; and community at large.

In late March, the committee submitted 25 plans to the board — 22 developed by the committee and three by members of the public.

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