CONSENT  AGENDA REQUEST

Sponsor:

Board of Supervisors Meeting Date: 

Harry F. Atherton, Chairman, Marshall District Supervisor

March 15, 2004

Staff Lead:

Department: 

Alex Ables, Registrar

Registrar

Topic: 

A Resolution to Direct the County Administrator to Schedule a Public Hearing to Receive Citizen Comments on Amending Section 7-2 of the County Code Relating to Polling Place Locations

Topic Description:

The Electoral Board had recommended a number of changes in voting locations as a part of the process of redistricting that occurred in 2001.  Now that the Board has experienced elections utilizing a number of new polling places, the Electoral Board is seeking to change polling place locations for the Courthouse, Lois and Marshall precincts.

 

The Courthouse precinct has been a difficult location for voters predating the ongoing construction at the Warren Green Building.  Parking is a problem at this location with its close proximity to several governmental buildings with high citizen traffic.  The Warren Green Building has a maximum occupancy of thirty (30) persons, forcing voters to wait outside of the building.  Moving the Courthouse precinct to the Warren Presbyterian Church would provide ample space to accommodate large numbers of voters during the rush periods.  This change would also move the voting location away from the nucleus of government buildings in Warrenton that produce high traffic and competition for parking.

 

The Lois precinct is an extremely difficult situation being located at Mary Walter Elementary School, which is also used as the polling location for the Morrisville precinct.  Having two precincts at one location causes great confusion for voters of both precincts, not knowing which is the correct location.  Parking has been very difficult at this location, as voters from two precincts are in competition with each other and those visiting and working at the school. Though allowed by State statute in certain instances, the actual location for Lois precinct is located outside the precinct boundary. Moving the Lois precinct to Mt. Carmel Baptist Church would place the precinct back inside the precinct boundaries.  In addition, this location offers ample parking for voters, as well as a much larger space to conduct voting.

 

The Marshall precinct is a unanimously unpopular location for voters, officers of election and the facility staff.  The only space available for use is a small meeting room in the rear of the building.  It requires voters to traverse down two lengthy corridors to the voting location. This location has several different activities scheduled throughout the day in this same building.  These activities interfere with voters trying to locate the voting location and causes competitive parking.  Moving the Marshall precinct to the Ruritan Building would provide a far more convenient voting location with massive amounts of parking, ease of access, a larger space for voting, and no competition with other public activities.

 

Staff is in the process of determining what improvements will be required at these three locations in order to make sure that the polling places are accessible to the handicapped.

 

 

Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors: 

Consider adoption of the attached resolution and schedule a public hearing.

Financial Impacts Analysis:

The cost of improvements is estimated to be $4,000. 

 

Identify any other Departments, Organizations or Individuals that would be affected by this request:

Registrar

County Attorney

Citizens of Fauquier County

 

Attachment:  Ordinance