October 4, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Leo Rogers, County Attorney
Feds confirm County voting and election practices
On Monday, Oct. 3, the Department of Justice filed a consent decree in U.S. District Court Washington D.C. that paves the way for Court approval to certify James City County’s continued compliance with the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The Justice Department performed a thorough review of County election practices and found a demonstrated record of nondiscrimination. The County began the process over a year ago and anticipates Court approval in early November
Once approved by the Court, the County will no longer be required to seek preclearance for any changes to voting qualifications and election practices. The County will continue to comply with all substantive provisions of the Voting Rights Act.
Receiving the approval will save the County time and money since it will no longer need to obtain Justice Department’s approval for any voting and election practices.