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Roanoke voters should endorse new precinct map.
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Voters should lend a warm reception to the latest plan to reduce the number of voting precincts in Roanoke. The Election Precincts Task Force addressed a key concern in an earlier draft that too few precincts would serve the minority population in the city’s northwest quadrant.
The new plan better apportions voters by defining 20 precincts, instead of 19. In doing so, it also will allow the election board to comfortably accommodate anticipated growth in the number of voters once new neighborhoods are built in Evans Spring.
The task force was formed when a plan to reduce the city’s 32 precincts — the first such realignment since 1967 — was rebuffed by voters still smarting from long lines during the presidential election. The new plan will allow the city to rebalance the number of voters assigned to each precinct and better distribute limited equipment and workers.
Voters should endorse it.
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