The Virginia attorney general recently certified that there is no objection to Fairfax County’s redistricting plan that the Board of Supervisors adopted on Dec. 7, 2021.
The attorney general’s “certification of no objection” means that the county may now implement its new local election districts as adopted. The certification process is required by state law under the 2021 Virginia Rights of Voters Act.
The county’s redistricting plan maintains nine local election districts for the Board of Supervisors and School Board. It minimizes disruption to residents and communities, shifting seven precincts in part or in whole to new districts.
Members of the Board of Supervisors and School Board who are in office now will complete their terms, representing the districts as adopted.
State law requires that Fairfax County’s Board of Supervisors be composed of one chairman elected at-large and one district supervisor elected from each local election district.
Redistricting is a legally required process to draw new electoral boundaries to ensure proportional representation as populations grow and shift over time. It is done to create election districts with roughly equal numbers of people, although mathematical precision isn’t required.
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