FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 8, 2020
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING - Central Absentee Precinct (CAP) Proposed Move to CitySpace
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - There will be a public hearing on the possible move of the Central Absentee Precinct (CAP) from City Hall to City Space during the April 4th City Council meeting. Public comments will be accepted between March 25 and April 25, 2022.
A central absentee voting precinct (CAP) is a location in a public building where absentee ballots are processed and counted on the day of the election in the presence of election officials. Concerns about the spread of COVID-19 prompted the Charlottesville General Registrar and Director of Elections to recommend that the Central Absentee Precinct be temporarily moved from City Hall to City Space. City Council approved this recommendation and adopted temporary ordinances allowing for the location change for the November 2020, June 2021, and November 2021 Elections.
The Charlottesville General Registrar and Director of Elections proposes that the Central Absentee Precinct be permanently moved from City Hall to City Space. Moving CAP to City Space would have no expected negative operational or financial impact. The process of Early In-Person Voting would remain unchanged. Absentee voting has grown significantly over the past two years. The City Space location has a larger room that can better accommodate the increasing number of mail ballots that must be processed on Election Day. In addition, the larger space more easily accommodates the equipment needed to process the ballots and provides election officials and election workers better ventilation and more space in which to work.
Any questions or concerns regarding this change can be directed to the office of Voter Registration or to the General Registrar. Contact information is below.
Director of Elections and General Registrar
City of Charlottesville