A task force might be the best hope in finding a consensus to consolidate Roanoke’s voting precincts.
The Roanoke Electoral Board plotted a suitable way to consolidate the city’s 32 voting precincts into 19 that would have made it easier to host elections in handicapped-accessible buildings with ample parking and near bus lines. Fewer precincts sharing limited city resources also could help to shorten long waiting lines like those experienced in some precincts during the November presidential election.
Many voters, though, don’t see it quite that way. To them, fewer precincts mean more people and longer lines. Since November, they’ve registered many complaints against the consolidation plan, prompting Roanoke City Council to reconsider.