Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
Drawing the Line
Remember that form in your mailbox? Or the census workers knocking at your door? About 78 percent of Spotsylvanians were counted in this year’s census. The United States Census Bureau is reviewing all of those numbers now.
Early next year, those numbers will get to Spotsylvania officials. Every 10 years, when the census numbers come out, officials must make sure that each district has an equal number of residents (or as close as possible). This is to make sure people are represented fairly in votes.
The county expects to receive those numbers in late February or early March. They will use those numbers to draw district lines. This plan will be submitted to the Board of Supervisors and will go before a public hearing before it will be submitted to the Department of Justice.
Before the numbers come out, the county will hold community information meetings. The first will be next week, on Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m. The public will get to speak about the process at this meeting. The meeting will be broadcast live. It will be held in the Board of Supervisors room in the Holbert Building.
Another community information meeting will be held early next year.