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Falls Church Council to Vote Monday On Reducing Election Precincts to 3

Returning from its August hiatus tonight, the Falls Church City Council determined at its work session that it will put a vote on its agenda for next Monday night to reduce the number of voting precincts in the City of Falls Church from five to three.

The number has been five for as long as anyone could remember, but following the guidance of the City’s new voter registrar David Bjerke and with the backing of the citizen-volunteer Electoral Board, the move to three would serve to better enable the smooth conduct of elections in the City. The primary reasons were given as reducing the number of polling place officials required and eliminating at least one voter location — the Boy Scout House on S. Spring St. — that has inadequate heating and air conditioning and is not ADA compliant. The American Legion Hall on N. Oak would also be eliminated.

The locations to be retained under the plan will be the Thomas Jefferson School, the Community Center and the Oakwood Apartments.

If approved by the Council with two votes, one Monday and another on Sept. 19, the plan would go to the U.S. Department of Justice for review, and would not be completed in time to change anything for this coming November 8 election. It would be in place in time for the March 6, 2012 presidential primary election, however.

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