Threat of lawsuit hangs over potential City Council redistricting vote

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Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Aug. 21, 2012

A map redrawing the boundaries of City Council districts was expected to be finalized this week, as councillors were poised to vote Wednesday on a controversial measure that would shift 12 precincts in seven of the city’s nine districts.

District 2 Councillor Bill Linehan, who chairs the committee tasked with redrawing district boundaries, released a final report on Monday with the aim of gaining the approval of the full 13-member council on Aug. 22.

But the ...

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City Council’s Census & Redistricting committee to hold redistricting hearing

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PRESS RELEASE

Charles C. Yancey, Boston City Councillor

For Release ——————————- Tuesday, July 17, 2012

City Council’s Census & Redistricting committee to hold redistricting hearing

Boston City Hall (July 17, 2012) – The Boston City Council’s Committee on Census & Redistricting will hold a public redistricting hearing on Wednesday, July 18, 2012, 3:00 p.m., in the Christopher A. Iannella Chamber, Fifth Floor, at Boston City Hall. 

Redistricting is the process of drawing electoral district boundaries in response to population changes, and the process ...

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Coalition of Color Stance on Redistricting

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NAACP Stance on Boston City Council Redistricting

An Open Letter to Chairman Linehan and Members of the City Council,

From:  The Redistricting Coalition of Color: Chinese Progressive Association, MassVOTE, NAACP, Oiste? and Project Hip-­‐Hop
Date: June 12, 2012
“Stop the Packing and Cracking in Boston”
Chairmen and Members of the Redistricting Committee:

There is no  greater right in a democracy than the right to fair and equal representation. We submit this opinion on behalf of a redistricting coalition involving organizations and ...

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Globe: Mass. voting maps reflect State House evolution

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Here is an excerpt from an epic Boston Globe article marking the occasion of one of the most voter-empowering redistricting laws in recent history, thanks to MassVOTE, our coalition partners, and the legislators who brilliantly performed their duties on the redistricting commission. [Photo credit: Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff]

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Globe: Menino decries redistricting plan

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Says Chinatown should not be split, as panel proposes

[Reprinted from the Boston Globe.  Original article here.]

November 25, 2011 | By Stephanie Ebbert, Globe Staff

Mayor Thomas M. Menino yesterday panned a City Council redistricting plan that would divide Chinatown by shifting one of its precincts out of District 2, calling some features of the proposal “gerrymandering at its best.’’

“I don’t think Chinatown should be split,’’ Menino said, after appearing at a Thanksgiving feast at the Pine Street Inn. “It’s a community ...

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New congressional maps give you more power

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November 7, 2011:  A new map has been offered by Massachusetts legislative leaders and your voice has been heard.   Across the state, people working with MassVOTE and our partners in the Drawing Democracy project have asked for districts that made sense to you.  The new proposal marks a victory.  You asked for it, and the new proposal delivers:

  • A Boston-centered district that gives people of color significant voting clout.  ...
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Globe: Plan to redraw districts hailed

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[Reprinted from The Boston Globe.  Original article here.]

Proposal aims to reflect state’s racial diversity

OCTOBER 19, 2011 |  Peter Schworm, GLOBE STAFF

Massachusetts lawmakers yesterday released a new map of legislative districts that doubles the number that are “majority-minority,’’ reflecting the state’s growing racial diversity and giving black and Latino voters more political clout.

The proposal calls for 20 House districts where most residents identify themselves as members of minority groups, and three Senate districts, including a new one in Springfield.

After a decade ...

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New Concepts for Boston City Council District Maps

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A majority of the people in Boston are people of color, but of Boston’s 9 city council districts, only 2 districts have elected people of color at any time in the past ten years.  Of Boston’s 14 municipal elected positions (13 councilors plus the mayor) people of color have never held more than 4.

Boston can do better.  Redistricting is about to occur. These concept maps, created by MassVOTE’s staff,  show ways to create 3 or even 4 districts with a ...

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Globe: Phantom precinct shows city’s arcane voting laws

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Made up of Harbor Islands, no one cast ballot since 2004

[Reprinted from The Boston Globe. Original article here.]

November 3, 2009 | By Andrew Ryan, Globe Staff

It’s one of the stranger rituals of Boston politics: For each Election Day, a pristine ballot box is cleaned, filled with fresh ink, and force-fed at least 50 test ballots before being lugged to a seaside precinct where nobody will vote.

“It’s the lonely machine,’’ said Loretta Paulding, the election warden in charge of Ward 1, ...

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