Newport News’ Jefferson voting precinct in the Southeast Community will move back to the Marshall Courts recreation center, in time for City Council elections on May 1.
The Newport News City Council voted Tuesday night to move the precinct to its original location, near the intersection of 33rd Street and Marshall Avenue, from its temporary home at Huntington Middle School, 3401 Orcutt Ave.
Huntington Middle School is also where Washington precinct voters cast ballots.
The city’s Electoral Board requested the move, which happened while the recreation center was undergoing renovations, according to a memo City Manager Cindy Rohlf wrote to the council.
“We actually moved prior to the 2016 Presidential Election so there was no confusion as to where the voters voted for the November 2017 election,” said Vicki Lewis, the city’s registrar, in an email. “Everything was very smooth for both elections at Huntington Middle School. The gym was divided and one side was the precinct for Washington Precinct, which is where they vote, and the other side was where Jefferson Precinct voted.”
The precinct was first relocated in time for the November 2016 presidential election. The eight-month, $1.3 million renovation of the recreational center was completed in June 2017.
The electoral board did not request moving the precinct in time for the November 2017 election because “it would eliminate any confusion to voters prior to a busy November election,” Lewis said.
Newport News Public Libraries celebrate Black History Month with musical program
The city’s library system will host a musical event on Saturday to celebrate Black History Month.
The program is called “When the Music Moves Ya” and is a variety show with different musical acts that portray how music is embedded in African-American culture, from the slave trade to contemporary times, said Sherin Henderson, the supervising librarian at Main Street Library who has helped organize the show.
Among the performers will be a dance company, a middle school choir and musicians from Hampton University, Henderson said.
Through musical performances, the acts will “salute” civil rights leaders and pay homage to African-American cultural shifts like the Harlem Renaissance, she said.
“It’s like how music helped us achieve social justice and racial equality,” Henderson said.
The event will run from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Heritage High School, 5800 Marshall Ave.
“In addition to celebrating the contributions and accomplishments of African Americans during Black History Month, this program promotes open and personal interactions among all of the diverse cultures in Newport News,” a city news release said.
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