Last Updated: 2011-07-20

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2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting, Richmond, Virginia

Public Information Meetings, Public Council Meetings and Public Hearings

Six Stage Process(Note: STAGE 4 Updated)______________________________________________________________________________ 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 Input and Public Information Meetings, Public Council Meetings and Public Hearings. During this First Stage, Council will implement a multi-faceted and comprehensive Public Information communications plan to help ensure Richmond citizens are aware of the Redistricting process. This Public Information is critical to the process and will continue throughout the process. In the Second Stage Council 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).

Public Information Meetings, Public Council Meetings and Public Hearings

Throughout this six-stage process, Richmond City Council implement a multi-faceted and comprehensive Public Information communications plan to help ensure Richmond citizens are aware of the Redistricting process. As part of this plan, Council will hold and publicize a number of Public Information Meetings, Public Council Meetings and Public Hearings to help provide information, discuss, receive input, and answer questions regarding the 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting. These meetings are free and open to the public and all Richmond Citizens are invited and encouraged to attend. All meeting locations are located on a GRTC bus line and are accessible by people with disabilities. The meetings will include the following topics, dates, times and locations (which are subject to change):

STAGE 1 – Choosing Richmond Redistricting Criteria

Richmond City Council will choose from among a number of criteria to decide 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. There are a number of Mandatory Criteria that must be used. There will be a number of Public Information Meetings and Public Council meetings held with regard to this important part of the process.

Mandatory Redistricting Criteria that Council must use include the following:

Mandatory Redistricting Criteria
  • Equal population (Making voter districts, as near equal population as possible.)
  • Compactness (Making voter district shapes as closely packed as possible.)
  • Contiguity (Making voter district physically encompassed/connected, which may include spanning water.)
  • Avoidance of split U.S. Census Blocks (Not dividing the smallest geographic unit of census data when forming precincts/districts.)

Council, at its discretion, may choose (or choose not to) add other Traditional Redistricting Criteria, which may include some, all, none and/or other types of examples of criteria listed below:

Other Traditional Redistricting Criteria
  • Avoidance of splits of voting precincts
  • Preservation of communities of interest
  • Preservation of shape of existing district
  • Protection of incumbents and avoidance of pairing of incumbents
  • Political fairness or competitiveness
  • Voter convenience and effective administration of elections

The following Stage 1 Richmond City Council Public Information Meetings will be held to present and discuss the different redistricting criteria that Richmond City Council may choose to use to base their redistricting changes to Richmond Voter Districts:

Public Input and Pubic Information Meetings to Present and Discuss Redistricting Criteria

The following Stage 1 Richmond City Council Public Input and Public Information Meetings will be held to present, discuss and receive public input on the legal redistricting requirements and the different criteria that Council may choose from to base redistricting changes to Richmond Voter Districts:

Friday, January 14, 2011, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Richmond Southside Social Services Center
4100 Hull Street; Richmond VA 23224
(Richmond’s Southside)
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Monday, January 17, 2011, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Richmond Police Department - Police Academy
1202 W. Graham Rd., Richmond, VA 23220
(Richmond’s Northside)
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Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Richmond Public Schools – Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School
1000 Mosby St., Richmond, VA 23223
(Richmond’s East End/Gateway)
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Richmond Public Schools - Lucille Murray Brown Middle School
6300 Jahnke Rd., Richmond, VA 23225
(Southwest Richmond)
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Thursday, January 20, 2011, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Richmond Public Schools – Thomas Jefferson High School
4100 West Grace St., Richmond, VA 23230
(Richmond's West End)
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Results of Richmond City Council Public Information Meetings presented to Council

Results of the Richmond City Council Public Information Meetings will be presented to Council during the following Public Council Informal Meeting:

Monday, January 24, 2011, 3 – 5 p.m.
Richmond City Council Informal Meeting
Richmond City Council Chambers
Richmond City Hall, 2nd Floor, 900 E. Broad St.,
Richmond, VA. 23219
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Richmond City Council discussion of redistricting criteria

Richmond City Council will discuss the criteria they want to choose from during the following Public Richmond City Council Organizational Development Standing Committee Meeting:

Monday, February 7, 2011, 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Richmond City Council Organizational Development Standing Committee Meeting
Richmond City Hall, 2nd Floor Conference Room
900 E. Broad St.,
Richmond, VA. 23219
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Richmond City Council discussion of redistricting criteria

Richmond City Council will discuss the criteria they want to choose from during the following Public Council Informal Meeting:

Monday, February 14, 2011, 3 – 5 p.m.
Richmond City Council Informal Meeting
Richmond City Council Chambers
Richmond City Hall. 2nd Floor, 900 E. Broad St.,
Richmond, VA. 23219
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Richmond City Council Introduction of Redistricting Criteria Resolution

Richmond City Council will introduce a Resolution that selects the criteria they want to choose from during the following Public Council Formal Meeting

Monday, February 14, 2011, 6 – 8 p.m.
Richmond City Council Formal Meeting
Richmond City Council Chambers
Richmond City Hall. 2nd Floor, 900 E. Broad St.,
Richmond, VA. 23219
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STAGE 2 – Public Hearing and Adoption of Richmond Redistricting Criteria

Richmond City Council will hold the following Public Hearing and vote to officially adopt Richmond Redistricting Criteria during the following Richmond City Council Formal Meeting:

Monday, February 28, 2011, 6 - 8 p.m.
Richmond City Council Formal Meeting
Richmond City Council Chambers
Richmond City Hall. 2nd Fl., 900 E. Broad St.,
Richmond, VA. 23219
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STAGE 3 – 2010 U.S. Census Data for Richmond received

Richmond City Council will receive the 2010 U.S. Census Data for Richmond and make them available to the public.

February or early March 2011

Data estimated to be received/available from U.S. Census Office in late February or early March 2011

STAGE 4 – Public Council Meetings and Public Hearings regarding Draft 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter Redistricting Plan

Richmond City Council will use their officially adopted redistricting criteria and the 2010 U.S. Census Data to draft a 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting Plan. As part of this process, Richmond City Council will hold Public Information Meetings, Public Council Meetings and Public Hearings. These will include information regarding legal requirements for redistricting, criteria selected by Council, Richmond population shifts over the past 10 years and the 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).

Initial Draft 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting Plan worked on by Council

Richmond City Council works on plan for redistricting - meetings and locations to be scheduled as needed and shared with the public.

March-July 2011


Council reviews and informally “OKs” a Draft 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting Plan to present at Public Information Meetings

Monday, Tuesday July 19, 2011; 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Richmond City Redistricting Work Session
Richmond City Hall, 5th Floor Conference Room
900 E. Broad Street,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
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Council Informally “OKs” a Draft 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting Plan to present at Public Information Meetings

Monday, July 25, 2011; 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Richmond City Council Formal Meeting
Richmond City Council Chambers
Richmond City Hall, 2nd Floor, 900 E. Broad St.,
Richmond, VA. 23219
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Public Information Meetings to Discuss
Draft 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter Redistricting Plans

The following Richmond City Council Public Input and Public Information Meetings will be held to present the Draft 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting Plan to the public to present, discuss and receive public input.

Monday, August 8, 2011, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Richmond Police Department - Police Academy;
1202 W. Graham Road, Richmond, VA 23220 (Richmond's Northside)
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Tuesday, August 9, 2011, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Richmond Public Schools - Lucille Murray Brown Middle School;
6300 Jahnke Road; Richmond, VA 23225 (Richmond’s Southwest)
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Richmond City Council Chambers
Richmond City Hall, 2nd Floor
900 East Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia
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Thursday, Aug, 11, 2011, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Richmond Public Schools – Thomas Jefferson High School;
4100 West Grace Street; Richmond, VA 23230 (Richmond’s West End)
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Tuesday, August 16, 2011, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Richmond Southside Government Services Center;
4100 Hull Street; Richmond VA 23224
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Richmond City Council Discussion of public comments received during the five Richmond City Council Public Information meetings regarding the Richmond City Council Draft 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting Plan

Richmond City Council will discuss public comments received during the five Richmond City Council Public Information meetings regarding the Richmond City Council Draft 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting Plan that were held across Richmond during the two-week period of August 8 - 16, 2011. May include changes to the draft plan.

Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011; 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Richmond City Council
Organizational Development Standing Committee Meeting
Richmond City Hall - 2nd floor Large Conference Room
900 E. Broad Street; Richmond, Virginia 23219
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Richmond City Council Discussion of public comments received during the five Richmond City Council Public Information meetings regarding the Richmond City Council Draft 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting Plan

Richmond City Council will discuss public comments received during the five Richmond City Council Public Information meetings regarding the Richmond City Council Draft 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting Plan that were held across Richmond during the two-week period of August 8 - 16, 2011. May include changes to the draft plan.

Monday, Sept. 12, 2011; 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Richmond City Council Informal Meeting;
Richmond City Council Chambers
Richmond City Hall, 2nd Floor, 900 E. Broad Street,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
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Council Reviews/Makes Any Final Adjustments to Draft Plan and Determines Final Plan to be Introduced

Monday, October 10, 2011, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Richmond City Council Informal Meeting
Richmond City Council Chambers
Richmond City Hall, 2nd Floor, 900 E. Broad St.,
Richmond, VA. 23219
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STAGE 5 - Public Hearing and Adoption of 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter Redistricting Plan

Richmond City Council Introduces Final 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting Plan as an Ordinance

Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Richmond City Council Formal Meeting
Richmond City Council Chambers
Richmond City Hall, 2nd Floor, 900 E. Broad St.,
Richmond, VA. 23219
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Richmond City Council Public Hearing/Adoption of 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting Plan

Richmond City Council will hold a the following Public Hearing on the Draft 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter Redistricting Plan and vote to officially adopt it during the following Public Richmond City Council Formal Meeting:

Monday, November 14, 2011, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Richmond City Council Formal Meeting
Richmond City Council Chambers
Richmond City Hall, 2nd Floor, 900 E. Broad St.,
Richmond, VA. 23219
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STAGE 6 – Approval of the U. S. Department of Justice

Richmond City Council will send a copy of the adopted 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter Redistricting Plan (which will be provided to the public) to be approved (cleared) by 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). Anticipated clearance to be received by December 31, 2011

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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(804)335-4054(mobile)
(804)937-1386(home/mobile)
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