Last Updated: 2012-03-23

logo for the Richmond City Council 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting

New 2012 Richmond Voter District Maps
Please click here for the 10 New Richmond Voting Districts Maps, these includes one large detailed Richmond Voting District map and nine individual detailed maps that represent the nine new Richmond Voting Districts that were established during Richmond City Council 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting process that took place from November 2009 to March 2012.

March 9, 2012: New Richmond Redistricting Plan cleared by the U. S. Department of Justice: New boundaries begin immediately.

In Accordance with the Code of Federal Regulations (28 C.F.R. § § 51.27 AND 51.28) , on January 10, 2011, the City of Richmond submitted its 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting Plan to the United States Department of Justice for review and preclearance(approval).

A duplicate copy of the Submission is available for public inspection via the above link on this website and at the following locations:

Richmond City Council Office of the City Clerk
Richmond City Hall
900 East Broad Street, Suite 200
Richmond, Virginia 23219

and

Richmond Public Library
Main Branch
101 East Franklin Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Richmond Residents are invited to provide comments for consideration of the United States Attorney General. Comments may be submitted to:

Chris Herren, Acting Chief
Voting Section - Civil Rights Division
Room 7254 - NWB
United States Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20530

Redistricting Overview

As Americans, we govern ourselves at the state, local and national level through a process known as Representative Democracy, in which we choose (elect) fellow citizens to assist us with the ownership and operation of our government. This self-governance includes deciding how tax monies are invested; what laws are needed; and, what type of services are provided and how they are managed.

As part of our self-governance, we organize ourselves into geographical areas (districts) based on population and use these "voter districts" to determine where we vote and which positions we vote for. As populations change over time, we redraw (redistrict) these areas to reflect those changes and help ensure everyone is represented as fairly as possible. Thus, every 10 years (decennially) we perform a United States Census to gather statistical information about our population and we use this (in accordance with state, local and federal guidelines) to update the boundary lines of our voting districts.

In 2011, Richmond City Council will redraw (redistrict) the existing 9 Richmond Voter District boundaries that we use to elect our local Richmond Elected Government Officials in response to results of the 2010 U.S. Census. Adjustments to voting precincts and locations may also be made at this time.

This process will be organized into 6 stages. In the First Stage, Richmond City Council will choose what redistricting criteria they want to use. In the Second Stage they will vote to adopt their selected criteria. In the Third Stage, Richmond will receive 2010 U.S. Census Data for Richmond. In the Fourth Stage, they 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.) In the Fifth Stage they will vote to adopt a Plan. 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 (U.S.C. § 1973–1973aa-6). New Richmond Voter Districts are to be implemented by December 31, 2011.

Richmond Elected Government Officials

We use our Richmond Voter Districts to elect the following positions that are established in the Richmond City Charter:

  • A Mayor (who must receive the most votes in at least 5 of the 9 Voter Districts and who serves a 4-year term)
  • Members of Richmond City Council (elected by district to serve 4-year terms)
  • Richmond Public Schools Board Trustees (elected by district to serve 4-year terms)

Virginia Constitutional Officers (Elected Government Officials)

Additional local positions we elect persons to include Virginia Constitutional Officers, which serve at the Richmond level but are established by the Virginia Constitution and are independent of local government. These positions are elected in Richmond citywide (not by district) but voting may be affected due to changes to voting precincts and locations, they include:

  • A Richmond Sheriff (elected citywide to serve a 4-year term)
  • A Virginia Commonwealth’s Attorney of Richmond (elected citywide to serve a 4-year term)
  • A Richmond Clerk of the Court (elected citywide to serve an 8-year term)
  • A Richmond Treasurer (elected citywide to serve a 4-year term)

National and State Elected Government Officials

Voting for the following national and state positions may also be affected due to changes to Richmond voting precincts and locations (Note: Decennial redistricting of voter districts in which these positions are elected will be performed in 2011 by the Virginia General Assembly - click here for link):

  • A President/Vice President of the United States of America (elected nationally to serve a 4-year term)
  • Members of the United States Senate (elected statewide to serve 6-year terms)
  • Members of the United States House of Representatives (elected by state districts to serve 2-year terms)
  • Members of the Virginia State Senate (elected by state districts to serve 4-year terms)
  • Members of the Virginia House of Delegates (elected by state districts to serve 2-year terms)

This website is designed to help provide information regarding our 2011 Richmond Voter District redistricting efforts and how everyone can be involved. Please click the appropriate tabs on the left for more information and regarding Richmond City Council Public Hearing Meetings. These meetings are free and open to the public and all Richmond Citizens are invited and encouraged to attend.

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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