Redistricting Could Cost Thousands in Valley Taxpayer Money

A decision made in Richmond, to go through with redistricting, will cost the state and ultimately Valley residents.

Local election officials said Friday that redistricting creates change for some voters, and because of equipment and materials needed for the change, it could end up costing thousands of dollars in taxpayers' money.

In the Valley, Waynesboro and Rockingham County are the two most affected areas.

The registrar for Rockingham County, Doug Geib says, with the new changes, come new needs.

Voting machines that cost anywhere between $2,000 and $6,000 may be needed in Waynesboro.

In the county, simply notifying residents of the changes will result in a hefty bill.

"Precincts are changing. There may be people that end up going to the wrong polling location in the fall," explains Geib. "We're spending close to $7,500 on mail going out to every household in the county. We're looking at close to 32,000 letters."

When election day arrives in November, Geib expects voters to have questions about where to vote and who exactly they can vote for.

To help ease the confusion, the county has all the information online.

To visit the site, click the link to the Rockingham County Registrar's Office at the bottom of the page.


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