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The King George Board of Supervisors got the news recently that the county’s new boundary lines for local election districts were approved by the U.S. Department of Justice under the Voting Rights Act. In addition, new lines for state offices likewise received approval from the Feds.
This means that a lot of voters in King George will be voting in different polling places beginning with those who participate in the Aug. 23 primary to select Republican candidates for state election.
Along with that, the new state lines will shift also shift more than 3,000 registered voters from the 28th Senatorial district to the 4th
Senatorial district from both Shiloh and the Courthouse precinct of the James Madison.
New voter cards will be mailed to voters in King George affected by either or both changes. The cards will be mailed by the state Board of Elections in the end of July or early August.
Voters are urged to read the information contained in the mailing, and to plan on taking their voting card with them for all future elections.
VOTERS SHIFTED FOR COUNTY ELECTIONS
The King George Board of Supervisors approved new election districts in April for electing local offices including those for the Board of Supervisors and the School Board.
The biggest change to the new election districts is the shift of the Mathias Point peninsula from the James Monroe district to the Dahlgren district. Other portions of James Monroe in the center of the county were also swapped to Dahlgren and Shiloh, along with other changes to the election line between James Monroe and James Madison.
The new voter cards will provide the location of their polling places for all voters. Those who have been affected by the county’s boundary line shifts will be voting in different locations than in past elections.
3,134 VOTERS SHIFTED TO 4TH STATE SENATE DISTRICT
While the entire county is to remain in the 99th District for the House of Delegates, King George is being split up between two state senate districts. The state’s new election lines for electing Virginia state senators affects 3,134 King George voters.
That total includes 1,745 Shiloh voters shifted to the 4th Senatorial district and 1,389 more voters in the Courthouse precinct of the James Madison district also shifted to the 4th Senatorial district.
The southern section of the Courthouse precinct in James Madison and the southern section of the Shiloh District will be shifted to the 4th senatorial district. Up until now, all of King George has been represented by the 28th Senate District.
Under the new lines, the top section of the county will continue to be in the 28th, currently represented by Richard Stuart. But the southern part of the county will be in the 4th Senate District currently represented by Ryan McDougal.
The Passapatanzy precinct of James Madison remains in the 28th Senatorial district. The split in James Madison takes place in the district’s Courthouse precinct. The geographical dividing line starts near the intersection of Routes 3 and 607. The area to the south of Kings Highway and east of Port Conway Road will be in the 4th Senatorial district from that geographical point.
From that point going east, the boundary line between the 4th and 28th districts roughly follows Route 3 toward for a short bit and then parallels Route 3 to the north of that highway, continuing through the Shiloh district.
Registrar Lorrie Gump says the five current polling places will continue to be used for the county’s voting districts, with James Madison retaining its two voting locations for its two precincts.
The county must purchase at least two each additional touch-screen voting machines and optic scanners for counting paper ballots. And during elections for state senators, about four additional election officers will be recruited for both the Courthouse precinct and the Shiloh district, to assist voters in the new 4th senatorial districts as well as those in the 28th senatorial district.
NEXT UP: FEDERAL CONGRESSIONAL REDISTRICTING
The federal government allocates congressional seats to the states through reapportionment on the basis of total population. But, under federal law, each state is responsible for drawing its own Congressional district boundaries.
The Virginia General Assembly has yet to finalize its federal congressional redistricting plan.
For King George, congressional redistricting is of interest for the boundaries for the 1st Congressional district, represented by Rob Wittman. The current plan would keep all of King George where it currently is. But anything can happen when lawmakers get together behind closed doors.