Learn more about redistricting and what Fairfax County will do as part of its redistricting process.
What is Redistricting?
Redistricting is the process to draw new electoral boundaries. It makes sure election districts have roughly an equal number of people. Redistricting is required by law, and it takes place every 10 years after the Census.
What districts are affected?
Fairfax County will draw new electoral districts that will apply to both the:
- Board of Supervisors
- School Board
Learn about the legal and policy requirements for redistricting.
Redistricting does not change school boundaries. The county also will not draw new election districts for lawmakers in the Virginia General Assembly and U.S. Congress. The state’s Virginia Redistricting Commission is currently redrawing these electoral maps.
Why is redistricting important?
Redistricting is based on the idea of “one person, one vote.” By making sure districts have nearly the same number of people, it is the way to ensure you have fair and equal representation on the Board of Supervisors and School Board. It also affects who you vote for and where you vote based on how the electoral boundaries are drawn.
How will new lines be drawn?
The county appointed a community advisory group to draw proposed new districts with input from the public. The group will send its recommendations to the Board of Supervisors. Then, the board will hold a public hearing this year on the proposed new district boundaries and ultimately vote on the new electoral maps to be adopted.
How can I participate?
Your input is critical! There are four ways to be part of the process:
- Draw your own proposed election boundaries using Fairfax County’s online mapping tool that will be available soon.
- Comment on proposed district maps created by the committee or the public.
- Tell the Redistricting Advisory Committee what you think, including where lines should be drawn, how many districts there should be and what’s important to your community.
- Testify at the public hearing that Board of Supervisors is currently scheduled to hold on Nov. 9 on the proposed new districts.