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Nov 01

Online Tool Open November 1-30 Enables Public to Develop Redistricting Plans

Posted on November 1, 2021 at 6:16 PM by MaryFrances Forcier

Update: November 1, 2021

An online mapping tool is now available for public use in Loudoun County’s local redistricting process. From November 1 through November 30, 2021, the public can use this tool to develop and submit their own plans for consideration. The tool is available on the Redistricting Hub.

Seven examples of local redistricting plans are posted on the online tool; these examples serve as preliminary “starting points” for the Board and the public to consider how the county’s current population can be balanced among election districts. The examples, prepared by county staff, are based on adjusted 2020 census data provided by the Virginia Division of Legislative Services, as well as on the Board’s adopted 2021 Redistricting Guidelines.

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 view example plans, 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 board 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.

At its June 21, 2021, meeting, the Board of Supervisors voted to retain eight local election districts. Given the county’s 2020 population of 421,129, the ideal district size would be 52,641; since each district can be over or under the ideal size by five percent, the minimum district size will be 50,009 and the maximum number of residents in a district will be 55,273.  The Board of Supervisors is expected to adopt the final redistricting plan in May 2022.