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Va. redistricting leaves potential voters confused

Wednesday - 11/2/2011, 3:40pm  ET

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Along with campaign signs, Va. voters have been bombarded with new, confusing redistricing laws. (WTOP Photo/Hank Silverberg)
Hank Silverberg, wtop.com

FAIRFAX, Va. - The new redistricting boundaries in Virginia have created some confusion among voters on what legislative district they live in and where they can vote in the upcoming state-wide election.

Due to the new boundaries, candidates may be unfamiliar to voters and even the polling place locations might have changed.

Local election boards have sent out cards to clue in voters, but many voters ignore them or mistakenly throw them away.

Fairfax County General Registrar Cameron Quinn says you can call your local elections board or use the state board of elections website to clear up any confusion.

"In addition to pulling up all your voter data and the information that's on your ballot, you can actually get Google Maps driving directions to your polling place," says Quinn. "You can also confirm that your data is correct."

Quinn says not to wait until Election Day to discover things have changed. People who show up at the wrong polling place may not be able to cast a ballot.

The election includes all 140 members of the General Assembly, and scores of local offices, including Boards of supervisors, Sheriffs and local school boards.

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