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2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting, Richmond, Virginia

About Redistricting - OVERVIEW

As Americans, we govern ourselves at the state, local and national level through a process known as Representative Democracy, in which we choose (elect) fellow citizens to assist us with the ownership and operation of our government. This self-governance includes deciding how tax monies are invested; what laws are needed; and, what type of services are provided and how they are managed.

As part of our self-governance, we organize ourselves into geographical areas (districts) based on population and use these "voter districts" to determine where we vote and which positions we vote for. As populations change over time, we redraw (redistrict) these areas to reflect those changes and help ensure everyone is represented as fairly as possible. Thus, every 10 years (decennially) we perform a United States Census to gather statistical information about our population and we use this (in accordance with state, local and federal guidelines) to update the boundary lines of our voting districts.

In 2011, Richmond City Council will redraw (redistrict) the existing nine Richmond Voter District boundaries that we use to elect our local Richmond Elected Government Officials in response to results of the 2010 U.S. Census. Adjustments to voting precincts and locations may also be made at this time.

The 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting will be a year-long open public process that will include a comprehensive array of public information communications and numerous opportunities for Richmond Citizens to learn more, provide input and participate, which will include many Public Information Meetings, Public Council Meetings, and Public Hearings. All Richmond citizens are invited and encouraged to learn more about the process and to participate during each step of the way. Some of the many ways to engage in this process include:

  1. Contacting the Richmond City Council Councilmember that represents you via phone, email, meeting or letter (contact information below)
  2. Sending a letter to Richmond City Council
    2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting
    Richmond City Hall; 900 E. Broad St., Suite 305
    Richmond, VA 23219
  3. Attending Public Information Meetings, Council Public Meetings and Public Hearings to learn more, ask questions and make suggestions (dates, times and locations listed below)
  4. Visiting the 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting website to learn more (to be established soon)
  5. Asking questions, learning more, and sending suggestions or information by email to steven.skinner@richmondgov.com
  6. Sending suggestions or asking questions by sending a fax to (804)646-5468
  7. Learning more, asking questions and providing suggestions by calling (804)646-6052
  8. Signing up for information and Public Information Meetings, Public Council Meeting and Public Hearings email updates/alerts, at: steven.skinner@richmondgov.com

Six Stage Process________________________________________________________________________ The 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting process will be organized into six stages. In the First Stage, Richmond City Council will choose what redistricting criteria are to be used, which will include Public Information Meetings, Public Council Meetings and Public Hearings. In the Second Stage they will vote to adopt their selected criteria, which will include Public Council Meetings and Public Hearings. In the Third Stage, Richmond will receive 2010 U.S. Census Data for Richmond. In the Fourth Stage, Council will use the criteria and Census Data to draft a 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting Plan (This will probably include three proposals to choose from.), which will include Public Information Meetings, Public Council Meetings and Public Hearings. In the Fifth Stage they will vote to adopt a Plan, which will include Public Hearings. New Richmond Voter Districts are to be adopted by December 31, 2011. In the Sixth Stage, they will seek approval (clearance) required from the United States of America Department of Justice per the U. S. National Voting Rights Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. § 1973–1973aa-6).

Richmond City Council will choose from among a number of criteria as to which ones they want to use to base their redistricting changes to Richmond Voter Districts. In the first stage of the process they will choose the criteria and in the second stage they will voted and officially adopt them. There will be a number of public hearings and meetings held with regard to this important part of the process. Criteria choices may include the following:

Redistricting Criteria Richmond City Council may choose from include

  • Equal Population distribution throughout the 9 Richmond Voter Districts
  • Compactness of Richmond Voter Districts
  • Contiguity of Richmond Voter Districts
  • Avoidance of splits of political subdivisions and precincts
  • Preservation of communities of interest
  • Preservation of the basic shape of existing voter districts
  • Protection of current incumbents and avoiding pairing (the possibility that existing incumbents may run against each other in a future election
  • African-American representation per the U. S. National Voting Rights Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. § 1973–1973aa-6)
  • Political fairness or competitiveness
  • Voter convenience and effective administration of elections

Richmond Elected Government Officials

We use our Richmond Voter Districts to elect the following positions that are established in the Richmond City Charter:

  • A Mayor (who must receive the most votes in at least 5 of the 9 Voter Districts and who serves a 4-year term
  • Members of Richmond City Council (elected by district to serve 4-year terms)
  • Richmond Public Schools Board Trustees (elected by district to serve 4-year terms)

Virginia Constitutional Officers (Elected Government Officials)

Additional local positions we elect persons to include Virginia Constitutional Officers, which serve at the Richmond level but are established by the Virginia Constitution and are independent of local government. These positions are elected in Richmond citywide (not by district) but voting may be affected due to changes to voting precincts and locations, they include:

  • A Richmond Sheriff (elected citywide to serve a 4-year term)
  • A Virginia Commonwealth’s Attorney of Richmond (elected citywide to serve a 4-year term)
  • A Richmond Clerk of the Court (elected citywide to serve an 8-year term)
  • A Richmond Treasurer (elected citywide to serve a 4-year term)

National and State Elected Government Officials

Voting for the following national and state positions may also be affected due to changes to Richmond voting precincts and locations (Note: Decennial redistricting of voter districts in which these positions are elected will be performed in 2011 by the Virginia General Assembly - click here for link ):

  • A President/Vice President of the United States of America (elected nationally to serve a 4-year term)
  • Members of the United States Senate (elected statewide to serve 6-year terms)
  • Members of the United States House of Representatives (elected by state districts to serve 2-year terms)
  • Members of the Virginia State Senate (elected by state districts to serve 4-year terms)
  • Members of the Virginia House of Delegates (elected by state districts to serve 2-year terms)

This website is designed to help provide information regarding our 2011 Richmond Voter District redistricting efforts and how everyone can be involved. Please click the appropriate tabs on the left for more information and regarding Richmond City Council Public Hearing Meetings. These meetings are free and open to the public and all Richmond Citizens are invited and encouraged to attend.

Contact Information:

Steve Skinner
Council Public Information Manager
RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL
OFFICE OF THE COUNCIL
CHIEF OF STAFF
Richmond City Hall
900 E. Broad St., Suite 305
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
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