Board of Supervisors Meeting Date: 

Harry F. Atherton, Chairman, Marshall District Supervisor

April 19, 2004

Staff Lead:


Alexander A. Ables, General Registrar

Office of the General Registrar


An Ordinance Requesting a Location Change for Three Polling Places by 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 polling place has long been a difficult location for voters that has now been further excerbated by the ongoing construction at the Warren Green Building.  Parking at this location is a problem because of its close proximity to several governmental buildings and high citizen traffic.  Because the building has a maximum occupancy of thirty (30) persons, voters are sometimes forced to wait outside of the building. By moving the Courthouse precinct polling place to the Warrenton Presbyterian Church, ample space would be available 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 volume and competition for parking.


The Lois precinct polling place, located at Mary Walter Elementary School, causes confusion among voters because the polling location is shared with the Morrisville precinct.  Parking is very difficult because this location serves voters from both precincts, and also those visiting and working at the school. Though so allowed by State statute, the Lois precinct polling place is located outside the precinct boundary. Moving the Lois precinct voting location to Mt. Carmel Baptist Church would place the polling location within 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 polling place, located at Marshall Community Center Annex, is a unanimously unpopular location for voters, officers of election and the facility staff.  The polling space is located in a small  meeting room in the rear of the building, which requires voters to traverse two lengthy corridors to the voting location. Other activities scheduled throughout the day in this same building compete with the polling process, and create competition for parking spaces.  Moving the Marshall precinct polling place to the Marshall Ruritan Club would provide a far more convenient voting location with ample parking, ease of access, a much larger space for voting, and no competition with other public activities.


Staff has determined that the Marshall Ruritan Club location will require two handicap accessible parking spaces and an asphalt apron to connect the new spaces to the existing ramp leading up to the entrance.  Further, the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church location will require two handicap accessible parking spaces.  The cost for handicap accessible improvements is anticipated not to exceed $4,000 for the two locations combined.



Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors: 

Hold a public hearing and consider adoption of the attached Ordinance.

Financial Impacts Analysis:

The cost of improvements is estimated not to exceed $4,000 for the entire project.

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

General Registrar

County Attorney

Citizens of Fauquier County