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Local Redistricting in Orange County
What is Redistricting?
Redistricting is the process of redrawing the boundaries of the County's districts, which represent specific geographic areas, that elect the members of the Board of Supervisors. The process is designed to account for population and demographic shifts. This effort occurs every ten years following the United States decennial census and is the responsibility of both State and local governments. Redistricting is governed by Federal and State constitutional and statutory laws.
Local Process *UPDATED*
The Orange County Board of Supervisors had previously completed its local redistricting process, with adoption occurring on November 17, 2021. However, in recent weeks, the Virginia Redistricting Commission, responsible for the statewide redistricting, completed its work and released its final maps. Once staff completed a comparison of those maps to the County's adopted maps (reflected here), it was determined that Districts Two and Three were split by the state's districts, which is not permissible. Therefore, the Board of Supervisors is now in the process of considering revisions to its redistricting plan and conducting another public hearing, as required, which is scheduled for Tuesday, February 8, 2022.
NOTE: The only issue between the County's redistricting plan and the state's plan is with the voting precinct boundaries. No changes are being considered to the voting district boundaries that were previously adopted in November 2021. The map exhibits shown below are the most up-to-date.
District Boundary Maps
Click the map to view the previous district boundaries (left - adopted in 2011) and the new district boundaries (right - adopted in 2021).
|Last Update: October 5, 2021|
Precinct Boundary Maps *UPDATED*
Click the map to view the previous precinct boundaries (left - adopted in 2011) and the proposed precinct boundaries (right - currently being considered for adoption).
|Last Update: January 20, 2022|
Polling Place Locations *UPDATED*
Click the chart to view the previous polling place locations (left - adopted in 2011) and the proposed polling place locations (right - currently being considered for adoption).
|Last Update: January 20, 2022|
How can the public participate in this process?
Public input is an important part of the redistricting process. The County has created an online comment form, which allows written comments to be submitted to the County Administrator's Office for Board consideration. In-person comments can be presented during the upcoming Public Hearing on February 8, 2022.
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- View the September 14, 2021 Meeting Agenda
- View the September 28, 2021 Meeting Agenda
- View the October 26, 2021 Meeting Agenda
- View the November 17, 2021 Meeting Agenda
- View the January 25, 2022 Meeting Agenda
For questions, contact the County Administrator's Office at (540) 672-3313.
While the laws governing redistricting are vast, complex, and evolving, the Guide to Local Redistricting for 2021 defines the following as the basic principles to guide redistricting:
- Redistricting must be done every 10 years in the year ending in one.
- Districts must be drawn using census data.
- Districts must be equal in population.
- Districts cannot be drawn to discriminate based on race.
- Districts must be contiguous and compact.