COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE
Ordinance Amendment – Elections – Rio Magisterial District – Northside Precinct – Change of Polling Place
Set public hearing to consider proposed ordinance changing the location of the polling place for the Northside Precinct in the Rio Magisterial District.
Tucker, White, Davis, Kamptner, Helf, Schermerhorn
LEGAL REVIEW: Yes
June 14, 2006
ACTION: X INFORMATION:
Virginia Code § 24.2-307 requires that the Board of Supervisors establish polling places by ordinance. Albemarle County Code § 2-102(C)(4) establishes the Buck Mountain Episcopal Church as the polling place for the Northside Precinct in the Rio Magisterial District. The Albemarle County Electoral Board recently recommended that the polling place be changed to the Earlysville Volunteer Fire Department.
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The proposed change to the polling place for the Northside Precinct is necessary because Buck Mountain Episcopal Church, the current polling place, is located at a dangerous curve on Earlysville Road. When drivers slow down or stop to turn into the Church, other drivers coming around the curve have poor visibility and often have to stop suddenly. Despite police and VDOT assistance at the site on voting days, there are often near-collisions. Earlysville Road is a heavily traveled road, and the traffic and this potential hazard are expected to increase as the population in that precinct continues to grow. Moving the polling place to the Earlysville Volunteer Fire Department would eliminate this driving hazard. In addition, the Fire Department is a newer building and has better handicap access.
Staff recommends that the Board set a public hearing on July 12, 2006 to consider adopting an ordinance amendment to change the polling place from the Buck Mountain Episcopal Church to the Earlysville Volunteer Fire Department in the Northside Precinct of the Rio Magisterial District.
A – Proposed Ordinance
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