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Proposal would reduce county’s voting districts to 2

The Mathews County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22, on the question of whether to reduce the number of voting districts in the county from three to two.

Voter Registrar Carla Faulkner said that every locality is required to take a look at voting districts every 10 years, after the U.S. Census has determined population figures. Since elected officials in Mathews are all elected at-large rather than by district, she said that the county is exempt from any requirement to redistrict based on population, but the process has to be undertaken anyway.

When the electoral board looked at the three voting districts in Mathews—Chesapeake, Piankatank and Westville—it found that the Chesapeake district had a substantially smaller population than the other two districts, said Faulkner, with about 1,000 people fewer.

The three-member electoral board then looked at the possibility of consolidating the three precincts into two. The board determine...

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