COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE
Elections – Ordinance to relocate the Central Absentee Voter Precinct
Public hearing to amend Chapter 2, Administration, Article I, Elections, to change the location of the Central Absentee Voter Precinct
Messrs. Tucker, Elliott, Davis, Kamptner, Washburne, and Ms. Schermerhorn
LEGAL REVIEW: Yes
July 2, 2008
ACTION: X INFORMATION:
The Central Absentee Voter Precinct is currently located at the County Office Building at 401 McIntire Road (“COB-McIntire”). The Registrar’s Office is now located at the County Office Building at 1600 Fifth Street (“COB-5th”). On April 8, 2008, the Albemarle County Electoral Board unanimously voted to request that the Central Absentee Voter Precinct be moved from COB-McIntire to COB-5th.
Virginia Code § 24.2-712 authorizes the Board of Supervisors to establish central absentee voter precincts and requires that they be established by ordinance. A change in the location will require approval by the Department of Justice under the Voting Rights Act prior to its use in the next election.
Goal 1: Enhance quality of life for all citizens.
The Electoral Board is requesting that the Absentee Voter Precinct be relocated to COB-5th. (See Attachment A). The reasons cited for the relocation request include: (1) the convenience of the Central Absentee Voter Precinct being located in the same building as the Registrar’s Office; (2) eliminating the need to transport the ballot-counting machines from COB-5th to COB-McIntire; (3) increasing the level of ballot security; (4) expediting the processing of returned ballots; (5) providing more space to accommodate the growing number of absentee voters and the increasing number of election officials required; and (6) having handicapped and general parking areas closer to the voting room.
No impact to the budget is anticipated.
Staff recommends that the Board adopt the attached ordinance after the public hearing.
A – Request from Electoral Board
B – Proposed Ordinance
Return to regular agenda