RESOLUTION:

OPPOSE THE DECISION OF THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES TO CLOSE THE ELECTIONS OFFICE AT THE WOODBRIDGE DMV
ACTION:
WHEREAS, The Prince William County Office of Elections has operated a full-time satellite office at the Woodbridge DMV for many years, under a Memorandum of Agreement signed in March 2002 by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles and the General Registrar; and
WHEREAS, The elections office at the Woodbridge DMV provides a full range of services for all citizens, including voter registration and Saturday morning hours. It also serves as a location for in-person absentee voting for every election and is normally the most-used site of all in-person locations in the county, 38,096 ballots since 2008; and
WHEREAS, The PWC Director of Elections was unexpectedly notified by letter on March 2, 2017 by the Commissioner of the DMV that the county would be forced to close the elections office at the Woodbridge DMV, effective February 28, 2018. Further, the Commissioner stated that beginning on July 1, 2017, the county would be required to pay monthly rent of $2,600 for each month the office remained in the facility; and
WHEREAS, This decision by the Virginia DMV will have a serious negative impact on the voting rights and opportunities for the citizens of Prince William County.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Prince William Board of County Supervisors does hereby urge the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles to reverse the decision to close the elections office at the Woodbridge DMV.

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