Henrico County VA

Redistricting public meetings scheduled

Henrico County will hold public meetings on the county's 2011 magisterial district reapportionment process on Tuesday, March 15, at 6 p.m. in the Government Center Board Room, 4301 E. Parham Road; and on Thursday, March 17, at 6 p.m. in the Eastern Government Center multipurpose room, 3820 Nine Mile Road.

Representatives from Henrico's Planning Department, County Attorney's Office and Voter Registration and Elections Office will be on hand to provide information, answer questions and receive public input as the county prepares to redraw its magisterial district lines. Residents are encouraged to participate in the process and submit their own redistricting plans and comments; staff will use input received at the meetings to help draft the county's plan. Maps and additional information are available at http://www.henricoredistricting.com; comments and questions also may be submitted by email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or by calling 501-4427.

Federal and state law requires localities to reapportion the representation in the governing body among the magisterial districts every 10 years. The 2010 U.S. Census counted 306,935 residents in Henrico, with Three Chopt District comprising the largest population at 72,035. The ideal population per district would be 61,387 residents.

Henrico's Board of Supervisors will hold public hearings later this spring to present a draft redistricting plan and adopt ordinances approving a final plan. The new districts will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice for preclearance under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
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