The Massachusetts Legislature wasn’t designed for someone like me — an immigrant and person of color who grew up in the projects in Lawrence — to hold a position of power. Read more from Leader Frank Moran's op-ed for the Boston Globe.
Some local voting precincts may be split into two state legislative districts in the ongoing decennial redistricting effort, a top lawmaker said Monday during a hearing at which constituents called for reshaping the Fourth Congressional District. Read more from State House News and the MetroWest Daily News.
After the US Census is taken every 10 years, Massachusetts’ Special Joint Committee on Redistricting supervises a process of dividing the state into Congressional, State Senate, and State House electoral districts. Read more from Cape Cod News.
The city may lose representation in the state Senate as lawmakers in charge of redistricting want to avoid splitting cities and towns with a goal of keeping communities — demographic or municipal — together instead of parceling places like Springfield out to more than one lawmaker. Read more from MassLive.
Now that the recent US census is complete, the US Constitution requires that all states redraw both congressional and state legislative districts. The census data show that Massachusetts has not lost population, although there have been internal shifts. Read more from the Falmouth Enterprise.
The U.S. Census is still weeks away from releasing data on population changes, but Massachusetts elected officials and political activists are already knee-deep in the redistricting process as the Legislature prepares to redraw political boundaries to respond to shifts in the state population. Read more from the Bay State Banner.
Change is coming to Ayanna Pressley’s majority-minority Congressional district, less than three years after she beat out Michael Capuano for the seat to become the first Black woman sent to Capitol Hill by Massachusetts voters. Read more from the Dorchester Reporter.
Every ten years, after the Census, local municipalities usually draw new precinct boundaries before state lawmakers draw new voting districts, but a bill passed by both the Massachusetts House and Senate could change that. Read more from Public News Service.
Redraw district lines first, then construct precincts By Cheryl Clyburn Crawford and Beth Huang THE 2020 CENSUS was unlike any other, with a global pandemic that restricted in-person outreach and a presidential administration intent on undermining the integrity of the count at every turn. As a result, the Census data needed to redraw state legislative and congressional districts won’t be released until August and September – a six month delay from the typical timeline. Read m
The state's only majority-minority Congressional district, represented by U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley, is an area ripe for lawmakers to create more opportunities for candidates of color at the state level, according to officials and advocates who testified Monday in front of legislators in charge of redistricting. Read more from State House News Service via WBUR.
Senate on Friday passed bill that would switch order of redistricting and reprecincting, paving the way for more equitable districts The Drawing Democracy Coalition today issued the following statement in response to the Massachusetts Senate’s passage of its version (S.2489) of An Act Relative to Reprecincting (H.3863). The House and Senate will need to resolve minor differences before the bill heads to Governor Baker’s desk for his signature. “An Act Relative to Reprecinctin