Cape and Islands residents encouraged to weigh in on upcoming electoral redistricting plans
The Special Joint Committee on Redistricting will convene for public comment on Monday, June 27, 2011 at 6 p.m. at Cape Cod Community College on Route 132 in West Barnstable.
The committee is charged with creating new political boundaries that will reduce the number of Massachusetts Congressional seats from 10 to 9 and alter some of the House and Senate Districts in the Commonwealth.
Cape and Islands residents are encouraged to attend the open meeting on the 27th to offer their input and local perspective. Senator Dan Wolf (D-Harwich) and Representative Demitrius Atsalis (D-Barnstable) both serve on the Special Joint Committee on Redistricting.
“As a member of the committee, I’d like to commend the co-Chairs, Senator Stanley Rosenberg and Representative Michael Moran, for making sure citizens from the Cape and Islands have an opportunity to attend a local redistricting hearing and testify in person,” said Wolf. “This is an important step in making sure our process is inclusive, and transparent.”
According to a release from the Senator's office, the committee has scheduled thirteen hearings throughout the state--some of which have already been held. The West Barnstable hearing will be one of the last in this region.
In Massachusetts, the state legislature is responsible for drawing district lines for state as well as federal elections. Redistricting takes place every 10 years, based on population changes documented by the United States census. New districts will take effect in the 2012 election cycle.
For more information on the redistricting process, visit the committee's website here.