COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE
Elections – Ordinance to relocate the Central Absentee Voter Precinct
Set public hearing to consider ordinance to change the location of the Central Absentee Voter Precinct
Messrs. Tucker, Elliott, Davis, Kamptner, Washburne, and
LEGAL REVIEW: Yes
June 4, 2008
ACTION: X INFORMATION:
The Central Absentee Voter Precinct is currently located at the County Office Building at 401 McIntire Road (“COB-McIntire”) while the Registrar’s Office is currently located at the County Office Building at 1600 Fifth Street (“COB-5th”). On April 8, 2008, the Albemarle County Electoral Board unanimously voted to move the Central Absentee Voter Precinct 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.
Relocating the Central Absentee Voter Precinct so that it is located in the same building as the Registrar’s Office would eliminate the need to transport the ballot-counting machines from COB-5th to COB-McIntire several days prior to each Election Day, and the in-person voting machines on the morning of each Election Day. Relocation would also minimize the chances of any transportation delays, would increase the level of ballot security, would allow for more timely resolution of any difficulties that arise, and would expedite the processing of returned ballots. In addition, the COB-5th facility has more space available to accommodate the growing number of absentee voters and the increasing number of election officials required. Lastly, the handicapped and general parking areas at COB-5th are closer to the voting room.
No impact to the budget is anticipated.
Staff recommends that the Board schedule the attached ordinance for a public hearing at its July 2, 2008 meeting.
A – Request from Electoral Board
B – Proposed Ordinance
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