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LWV reprecincting forum held

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UPDATED, Sept. 22: The League of Women Voters of Arlington and the Election Modernization Committee presented the public forum on reprecincting Wednesday, Sept. 22.

The Zoom meeting began at 7 p.m., with two explanatory videos, which you can watch in advance. The live meeting begins at 7:30 for questions and answers, followed by facilitated small breakout discussions. All Arlington residents are encouraged to attend.  

LWVA, with an appointed member of the Election Modernization Committee, is working on public outreach for the redistricting plans and process. 

How many precincts will Arlington have? What will the decision be based upon? How will new precinct lines be drawn? This forum will be of special interest to Town Meeting members as the decision made next month will affect whether some or all members be up for election next spring. Please come learn more and give your input.

Every 10 years, all communities in the Commonwealth are required to review population numbers from the federal census and submit a new precinct map for approval by the state. The Select Board begins by reviewing a draft of new boundary lines created by the secretary of state and then proposes adjustments, if necessary.

The Select Board votes to approve the final map and precinct descriptions and submits the final map by Oct. 30. The draft maps prepared by the state require local input as the state’s mapping algorithm focuses only on population numbers, and does not account for neighborhood makeup.

See the link to reprecincting information and the initial draft maps on the elections page here >>

The key things to note are the following:

  • Key information is located on the fact sheet here >>
  • There are several events to offer information and solicit feedback: 
i) Zoom meeting on September 22nd: explanatory videos at 7 pm, Q&A followed by small group facilitated discussions at 7:30. Register here >>;
ii) The opportunity to view the maps and comment on them on Thursday, Sept. 22, in the Lyons Hearing Room at Town Hall between 4 and 7 p.m.; and
iii) The Select Board Meeting on Monday, Sept. 27.
  • Additional information can be found in the two videos at the bottom of the town's page here >>;
  • Residents are invited to comment on the proposed maps by Sept. 30 here >>;
  • The Select Board will make its final decision by Oct. 30; and
  • Any decisions about polling locations (or number) will be made after Oct. 30.

July 21, 2021: Town contemplates reducing number of precincts

 


This news announcement was published Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, and updated Sept. 18.

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