Roanoke may reduce the number of city polling places by more than a third.
The city is considering a consolidation plan that would reduce the number of voting locations from 32 to 19. City election officials say fewer precincts would be more efficient in terms of equipment and personnel. It would also save money. "We can have as many as five elections a year in Virginia," board member Melvin Williams told WDBJ7. "This should give us a savings of about $10,000 per election."
The changes would not go into effect until sometime in 2013 and must be approved by both city council and the U. S. Department of Justice.
Roanoke's Registrar and Electoral Board began a series of public information sessions Thursday afternoon. There are several additional sessions this month. They all start at 4:00 p.m.
- Monday, Aug. 13 at Preston Park Recreation Center
- Tuesday, Aug. 14 at William Fleming High School Auditorium
- Thursday, Aug. 16 at Raleigh Court Branch Library
- Monday, Aug. 20 in Room 159 of the Noel C. Taylor Municipal