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New Map, Better Than The Old Map

By Greg L | 13 April 2011 | Prince William County | 4 Comments

This new county redistricting map should make some politically active people happier, although those not politically active and who will be put into the new Coles district might be scratching their heads come election day.  There are a few issues with the map — some strangely-drawn snaking lines that sneak in to gobble up targeted sub-neighborhoods, but overall it’s not all that bad.

Here’s the kicker, though.  These lines are drawn without regard to how house and senate lines will eventually shake out, and of course we don’t really know what they’re going to be yet so it’s nearly impossible to anticipate them with any reliability.  Once those lines are set however, we’re going to unavoidably have plenty of split precincts that will sow all sorts of confusion at the polls on election day.  It’s not unrealistic to expect that some precincts may not have two house or senate districts for voters, but three.  That’s not only a nightmare for poll workers who have to make sure everyone gets the right ballot, but for campaigns, parties and the voters themselves who will suffer from all the confusion.

It’s unfortunate that we don’t do redistricting in phases, starting with congressional districts, then county magisterial districts, and on down the line to smaller and divisions where we can at least try to keep this level of confusion to a minimum.  That’s not possible under current law, and with the highly compressed timeline between the census figures being released and elections, nearly impossible to make happen even if the law got changed.  We’re going to have districts that needlessly overlap at different levels, we’re going to have annoying precinct splits because there’s three or more sets of line drawers at work simultaneously, and there’s little opportunity to inject sense into the process.

Just wait until we see the overlay of all the districts and the precinct lines.  It’s going to be a mess.

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  1. FYI said on 14 Apr 2011 at 7:33 am:
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    Welfare Use by Immigrant Households with Children: A Look at Cash, Medicaid, Housing, and Food Programs
    By Steven Camarota
    CIS Backgrounder, April 5, 2011

    Excerpt: Thirteen years after welfare reform, the share of immigrant-headed households (legal and illegal) with a child (under age 18) using at least one welfare program continues to be very high. This is partly due to the large share of immigrants with low levels of education and their resulting low incomes — not their legal status or an unwillingness to work. The major welfare programs examined in this report include cash assistance, food assistance, Medicaid, and public and subsidized housing.

  2. Tyler Durden said on 14 Apr 2011 at 11:52 am:
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    Well, the more confusion in the voting process, the better, I say. That’s why I sport bumper stickers that say, “Republicanos Voten Martes,” and, “Democraticos, Voten Miercoles.”

  3. Anonymous said on 14 Apr 2011 at 6:57 pm:
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    It doesnt bother you at all that westgate was cut up into three pieces?
    North manassas looks just like the virginia senate map that your all in a tizzie about.
    Why not cut haymarket in half?
    What ever does Irongate subdivision have in common with brentsville?
    This is pure wally covinton

  4. Anonymous said on 15 Apr 2011 at 11:16 am:
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    Irongate has traditionally gone back and forth between the Gainesville and Brenstville districts. It’s Wally’s turn to deal with that hell hole. North Manassas has nothing in common with what the Gainesville district has grown to, Brentsville, or Coles. North Manassas should have their OWN district with the surrounding areas of the two cities. The two cities further complicate the process with where they are situated.

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