Radford City Council passed the first reading of the ordinances for new voting precincts in the city at its regular meeting Monday night.
The vote was 4-1, with Councilman Rob Gropman dissenting, on the establishment of new boundaries for the East Voting Precinct. The council voted unanimously in favor of the creation of a new precinct and boundaries to be called the New River Precinct.
The East and New River Precincts separate the current East Precinct in two, with Tyler Avenue being used as a dividing line. There would now be four voting precincts rather than the current three.
Gropman said he felt voting is “one of the most sacred civic duties that we as…