COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

Elections – Rivanna Magisterial District - Ordinance to change the polling place for the Keswick Precinct of the Rivanna Magisterial District

 

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Public hearing to consider ordinance to change the location of the polling place for the Keswick Precinct of the Rivanna Magisterial District

 

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Messrs. Tucker, Foley, Davis, Kamptner, and Washburne; and Ms. Schermerhorn

 

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

 

 

AGENDA DATE:

February 6, 2008

 

ACTION:     X          INFORMATION: 

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

  ACTION:             INFORMATION: 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:   Yes

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

 

 

BACKGROUND:

Virginia Code § 24.2-307 requires that the Board of Supervisors establish polling places by ordinance.  The Board adopted an emergency ordinance on January 9, 2008 changing the polling place for the Keswick Precinct in the Rivanna Magisterial District from the Union Grove Baptist Church to the Zion Hill Baptist Church.  Union Grove Baptist Church is no longer available as a polling place because it is undergoing structural repairs.  The emergency ordinance was necessary to establish the polling place needed for the February primaries and to meet all mandated voting procedures.  Because an emergency ordinance is valid for only 60 days, an ordinance must be adopted after notice to the public to make the polling place change permanent.  When the Board adopted the emergency ordinance, it also set February 6, 2008 as the date for the public hearing to consider adoption of that ordinance. (Attachment A)               

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

Goal 1: Enhance quality of life for all citizens.

 

DISCUSSION:

The Union Grove Baptist Church has sustained significant structural damage and very recently became unavailable as a polling place. Upon the recommendation of staff, Zion Hill Baptist Church was selected by the Electoral Board as the new polling place.   Zion Hill Baptist Church is centrally located within the boundaries of the precinct.  The Church’s social hall, which would be used for elections, is well-suited as a polling place, has better access than other facilities considered, meets ADA requirements, and has much more accessible parking for those with disabilities.

 

The emergency ordinance adopted by the Board on January 9, 2008 allowed staff to proceed with a number of requirements to allow the Zion Hill Baptist Church to be used for the dual presidential primaries on February 12, 2008.  The State Board of Elections has approved the emergency polling place change, staff has submitted the polling place change to the United States Department of Justice for review to assure compliance with Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act (expedited review was requested), and the Registrar’s Office has begun planning for the new polling place and providing timely notice of the polling place change to the registered voters in the Keswick Precinct. 

 

BUDGET IMPACT:

There will be a modest budget impact resulting from sending individual notices to voters in the Keswick Precinct of the polling place change.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Staff recommends that the Board adopt the attached ordinance after the public hearing. 

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment A – Ordinance

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