COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

Elections – Ordinance to relocate the Central Absentee Voter Precinct

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Public hearing to amend Chapter 2, Administration, Article I, Elections, to change the location of the Central Absentee Voter Precinct

 

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Messrs. Tucker, Elliott, Davis, Kamptner, Washburne, and Ms. Schermerhorn

 

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

 

AGENDA DATE:

July 2, 2008

 

ACTION:     X          INFORMATION:   

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

  ACTION:              INFORMATION:   

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:   Yes

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

 

 

BACKGROUND:

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. 

 

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

Goal 1: Enhance quality of life for all citizens.

 

 

DISCUSSION:

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. 

 

 

BUDGET IMPACT:

No impact to the budget is anticipated.

 

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

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

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

A – Request from Electoral Board

B – Proposed Ordinance

              

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