September 17, 2010
In a move to get a jump start on the 2011 redistricting of electoral boundaries, a Senate Privileges and Elections subcommittee will hold four hearings this year.
Sen. Janet D. Howell said Thursday the hearings will be held before the end of the year in Roanoke, Herndon, Portsmouth and Richmond.
Local, legislative and congressional districts are reviewed and, often, redrawn after the decennial census to reflect changes in population.
Howell says the hearings will give residents a chance to comment on redistricting. It also give lawmakers additional input as they work on a tight deadline to enact potential changes.
Redistricting must be complete before the November 2011 elections.