Five new voting precincts could be in effect for elections later this year if a proposal from the county registrar is approved by the... County looking to create five new voting precincts
New Board of Supervisors Chair Leslie Haley

Five new voting precincts could be in effect for elections later this year if a proposal from the county registrar is approved by the board of supervisors.

Following long lines at several county precincts on Nov. 6, Chesterfield registrar Constance Tyler recommended that five of the largest precincts be split.

The supervisors scheduled a public hearing on the matter at their Jan. 23 meeting.

A moratorium on precinct splits goes into effect Feb. 1 and runs until May 15, 2021, so the supervisors are required to act before then to make any changes.

The proposed new districts would include: Iron Bridge North precinct, which will split from the Iron Bridge precinct in the Bermuda district; Ridgedale precinct, which will split from the Southside precinct in Dale district; the Longhouse precinct, which will split from the Winfrees precinct in the Matoaca District; the Magnolia precinct, which will split from the Skinquarter precinct in the Matoaca District; and the Clover Hill precinct, which will split from the Genito precinct.

In addition, Tyler is also proposing to move the polling place for the Ettrick precinct from Ettrick Elementary School to the multi-purpose center at Virginia State University.

In other news, the supervisors voted Leslie Haley as the new board chair and Steve Elswick as vice chair.

The board’s meeting dates were also adopted, with starting times for work sessions generally scheduled at 2 p.m. and business meetings at 6 p.m.

These are earlier than the previous start times of 3 and 6:30 p.m.
A budget work session will begin at 1 p.m. Feb. 27.