COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

Elections – Ordinance to relocate the Central Absentee Voter Precinct

 

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Set public hearing to consider ordinance 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:

June 4, 2008

 

ACTION:                                      INFORMATION: 

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

  ACTION:   X                               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”) 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. 

 

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

Goal 1: Enhance quality of life for all citizens.

 

 

DISCUSSION:

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.  

 

 

BUDGET IMPACT:

No impact to the budget is anticipated.

 

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Staff recommends that the Board schedule the attached ordinance for a public hearing at its July 2, 2008 meeting.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

A – Request from Electoral Board

B – Proposed Ordinance

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