Jan 05

Draft Local Redistricting Plans Available for Public Review

Posted on January 5, 2022 at 5:24 PM by Nancy McCormick

Members of the public are invited to view and comment on a set of draft plans that have been submitted for consideration as part of Loudoun County’s local redistricting process. The 20 plans available for review were developed by staff, members of the public and board members.

An online viewer provides access to all submitted plans; users can compare plans to one another and evaluate how each plan addresses the Board of Supervisors’ adopted 2021 redistricting guidelines, which are available at loudoun.gov/redistricting. Residents are encouraged to view the plans and other useful maps and data on the county’s Redistricting Hub. A comment form can be used to provide feedback on specific plans or submit general comments about the redistricting process.

The county’s Office of Mapping and Geographic Information is continuing to evaluate these plans against components of the 2021 redistricting guidelines, including identifying plans with proposed district boundaries that impact the boundaries of existing precincts. 

Boundaries that follow census blocks other than existing precinct lines will need to be reviewed for compliance with legal requirements, the impact of state district lines to precincts and the potential need to re-establish existing precincts to ensure adequate polling places. 

The Board of Supervisors is expected to narrow down the number of potential plans at its meeting on January 18, 2022, and then refer a short list of plans to staff for further evaluation and refinement. Mapping staff will assess each plan’s impacts on Communities of Interest (groups of people who would benefit from being in a single district) and will analyze how policy areas overlay with proposed plans. The Board will review the plans again in February and select a single redistricting plan in March that will be forwarded to a public hearing in May.

The local redistricting process determines how neighborhoods and communities are grouped together into a district for purposes of electing members to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors and School Board. By making sure districts have approximately the same number of people, redistricting can help to ensure residents have equal representation on the Board of Supervisors and School Board. It also affects for whom residents vote and where they vote, based on how the local electoral boundaries are drawn.

For more information about local redistricting in Loudoun County, visit loudoun.gov/redistricting.

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Nov 19

Second Virtual Workshop on Local Redistricting Tool Set for November 22

Posted on November 19, 2021 at 10:24 AM by Nancy McCormick

Loudoun County will hold a second virtual workshop to demonstrate how to use the online mapping tool developed for the county's local redistricting process. The workshop is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., Monday, November 22, 2021. 

The workshop will provide a general overview of Loudoun’s redistricting project, an introduction to online resources on local redistricting, and a demonstration of the online redistricting tool. Staff members of the Office of Mapping and Geographic Information will also answer technical questions regarding the online tool.

Through November 30, 2021, the public can use the online tool to develop and submit their own redistricting plans for consideration. The tool, which is available on the Redistricting Hub, includes examples of local redistricting plans as well as a blank plan for the public to use as a starting point. 

Login information for the November 22 workshop is posted at loudoun.gov/redistricting and loudoun.gov/remoteparticipation.

A series of instructional videos, available on the county’s YouTube channel, is available for members of the public to learn how to use the tool. Through these videos, individuals can learn how to create their own plans and submit them for consideration by the county. Watch the videos here.

The local redistricting process determines which neighborhoods and communities are grouped together into a district for purposes of electing members to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors and School Board. By making sure districts have approximately the same number of people, redistricting can help to ensure residents have equal representation on the Board of Supervisors and School Board. It also affects for whom residents vote and where they vote, based on how the local electoral boundaries are drawn.

To submit general comments about the redistricting process, residents are encouraged to use this comment form.

For more information about local redistricting in Loudoun County, visit loudoun.gov/redistricting.

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Nov 12

Virtual Workshop on Local Redistricting Tool Slated for November 18

Posted on November 12, 2021 at 12:55 PM by Nancy McCormick

Members of the public are invited to take part in an online workshop to learn how to use the online mapping tool developed for Loudoun County’s local redistricting process.

The workshop, scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Thursday, November 18, 2021, will provide a general overview of Loudoun’s redistricting project, an introduction to online resources on local redistricting, and a demonstration of the online redistricting tool. Staff members of the Office of Mapping and Geographic Information will also answer technical questions regarding the online tool.

Through November 30, 2021, the public can use the online tool to develop and submit their own redistricting plans for consideration. The tool, which is available on the Redistricting Hub, includes examples of local redistricting plans as well as a blank plan for the public to use as a starting point. 

Login information for the November 18 workshop is posted at loudoun.gov/remoteparticipation.

A series of instructional videos, available on the county’s YouTube channel, is available for members of the public to learn how to use the tool. Through these videos, individuals can learn how to create their own plans and submit them for consideration by the county. Watch the videos here.

The local redistricting process determines which neighborhoods and communities are grouped together into a district for purposes of electing members to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors and School Board. By making sure districts have approximately the same number of people, redistricting can help to ensure residents have equal representation on the Board of Supervisors and School Board. It also affects for whom residents vote and where they vote, based on how the local electoral boundaries are drawn.

To submit general comments about the redistricting process, residents are encouraged to use this comment form.

For more information about local redistricting in Loudoun County, visit loudoun.gov/redistricting.

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