Voter Precinct Boundary Realignment In Progress

The Board of Elections has proposed to realign all voting precinct boundaries in the District of Columbia. You can read the entire 59 page document from the Board of Elections here. I haven’t really seen too much chatter about this so I thought I’d give it a little more exposure. Overall, in looking at the before and after maps, I think the proposed precinct boundaries make a lot of sense — at least in our area.

Below is a detail of the existing map showing the current voting precinct boundaries.

Existing voting precincts in ANC 1A

The problem that the Board of Elections is proposing to solve is to align voting precinct boundaries to correspond with existing Advisory Neighborhood Commission Single-Member District boundary lines. They also will be revising the precinct numbering system to associate each precinct to its designated ward.

The realignment will couple each SMD into a single precinct boundary as opposed to dividing some SMDs into multiple precincts. The majority of the new precinct boundaries will only contain 2 SMDs.

Below is what the proposed voting precincts look like for our neighborhood.

Proposed new precincts detail

The following advantages will be achieved by the realignment:

  1. Allow voters in the same SMD to vote at a single polling place on Election Day;
  2. Provide for a more balanced distribution of voters to precincts;
  3. Polling place efficiencies that will reduce wait times and enhance poll worker performances on Election Day; and,
  4. Reduce the ballot printing costs incurred by the Board of Elections and reduce administrative burdens.

The public comment period has been extended to November 30, 2013, to allow for more opportunities for public feedback.

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