Lunenburg County officials will spend the next 60 days working on a new redistribution map for members of the County Oversight Board.
This means for voters that some citizens will vote in different constituencies in 2022, electing a different supervisory board than in previous elections.
Redirection is required by law and occurs once every 10 years after the United States Census.
“When the country does a census, the tally affects everyone from the county to the State House of Delegates and from the State Senate to the United States Congress,” Supervisor Mike Hankins said.
“This is just one of the reasons it’s so important that everyone is counted in the census.”
The reorientation is carried out to ensure that the citizens have almost as practical representation as possible in proportion to the population of the district.
According to Hankins, the redistribution will affect all members of the BOS to some extent.
Hankins said there are around three districts that have lost citizens according to the 2020 census and four districts that have remained roughly the same.
“The neighborhood that has remained the same will lose people, while the neighborhood that has lost people will gain people from those neighborhoods,” Hankins said. “It is very important that each of us represents roughly the same number of people. If we didn’t make these adjustments, we could have two supervisors representing 5,000 people and the other five representing about 100 each. It wouldn’t be good, and no one would want to see it.
Another factor that will come into play for Lunenburg during the redistribution is that legislation passed in 2020 requires those incarcerated in federal, state or local prisons whose address at the time of incarceration was in Virginia be counted. at their home for redistribution purposes.
This means that those incarcerated at the Lunenburg Correctional Center will not be counted as residents of Lunenburg unless their home address is in Lunenburg.
Data from the 2020 U.S. Census shows that Lunenburg County’s population has declined 8.1% since 2010. The population, according to U.S. Census data, has grown from 12,914 to 11,936.