Redrawing the boundaries of Albemarle County’s magisterial districts to adjust to the numbers in the 2010 census is fairly simple, the Supervisors learned April 6 when they scheduled a May 4 public hearing on a new map.
In the plan, Samuel Miller District will pick up two new precincts, Yellow Mountain from White Hall District and Porters from Scottsville District.
The 2010 U.S. census shows that Albemarle grew by roughly 15,000 people over the previous decade and tallied a population of 98,970, according to County Attorney Larry Davis.
That means that the ideal division of the population into six districts would put 16,495 people each. The census showed that the current Scottsville District is 15 percent above that target and the Jack Jouett District is 11 percent below it.
Crozet’s population (Census Bureau boundaries roughly overlap the Crozet Growth Area) grew from 2,585 in 2000 to 5,560 last year. That means White Hall District—which started out as the district already closest to ideal—needs to shed about 950 people, which happens to be very near the size of Yellow Mountain precinct, which, broadly, is a southern section of Greenwood. One advantage in being able to shift a whole precinct is that no change of polling place need happen.
Porters precinct’s fate is the same. Scottsville is now 2,523 above the target split. Porters, a large precinct reaching from the James River to South Garden, numbers 2,396.
To make Jack Jouett District sufficiently large, Samuel Miller will give up part of the East Ivy precinct on the west side of U.Va. With the addition of Yellow Mountain and Porters precincts, however, it comes out close to the desired size.
The plan cannot avoid three cases of precincts—none in western or southern Albemarle– being split by General Assembly districts, Davis said.
In the 2010 election in Virginia’s Fifth Congressional District between Republican Robert Hurt and Democrat Tom Perriello, Porters went for Perriello by 68 percent to 30 percent. Yellow Mountain went for Perriello by 54 percent to 44 percent.
In the 2008 presidential election, Porters went for Barack Obama over John McCain by 69 percent to 30 percent. Yellow Mountain voters gave Obama the nod by 51 to 48 percent.