On March 14, 2022, the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance that amended and reestablished Election Districts, Election Precincts and Polling Places based on 2020 U.S. Census. Following every Census, redistricting takes place to accommodate population changes.
The new district maps for Montgomery County will be effective after the June 2022 Primary.
Why do we need to have redistricting? What are the rules?
- Following the Census, redistricting often occurs to make sure there is equal voter representation in each voting district.
- Each Board district must be within 5% of a predetermined ideal target.
- All boundaries must be distinguishable by physical features observable on the ground (i.e. roads, water features, power lines).
- Precinct populations: no precinct may have more than 5,000 registered voters (this differs from total population count).
- Polling places must be located in the precinct or within 1 mile of the precinct which they serve.
- The legal mandate by the Commonwealth states there shall be no split precincts. Entire precincts must fit inside the same Congressional, VA Senate, House of Delegates, and Supervisor Districts (i.e. all voters at same poll have the same ballot style).
This story was updated 4/18/22 to include approved redistricting maps: