May 23, 2023

Reminder: Election System Input Survey Closes May 26

Speak up and share your input on how you want to elect your City representatives
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There’s still time to share your thoughts on the future of the City’s election system. An online survey is available as part of Virginia Beach City Council’s efforts to collect resident input on the issue. Head to speakupVB.com/VBelections by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 26, to submit your feedback. It should take about 15 minutes to complete.

Conducted by the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia (CCPS), the information collected will be used by City Council as part of their policy and decision-making process to determine how local representatives in our community are chosen beginning in 2024.

The City of Virginia Beach currently uses a 10-1 system where 10 City Council members are elected by the voters of a given district and not the city at large. Only the mayor remains elected by all voters. This system is the result of a court-imposed remedy, which was later vacated, and has left the City free to explore other legally viable options. Since the previous election system is no longer viable due to changes to state law, a new method must be adopted into the City Charter in time for the next elections.

Residents who would prefer a paper copy of the survey can have one mailed or emailed to them. Contact Community Engagement Strategist Nancy Bloom to request a hard copy at (757) 385-6279 or nbloom@vbgov.com. All hard-copy responses must be received by May 26 to be included in the final report.

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