Redistricting season is heating up! Don’t forget that the Special Joint Committee on Redistricting will be holding a virtual hearing for residents of the Eighth Congressional District tomorrow, Tuesday June 8th, at 12 pm. If Congressman Stephen Lynch is your representative, this includes you!
It’s not too late to sign up to testify or submit written testimony telling the story of your community and informing the committee about how you think the new maps should be drawn. You can also tune in to the livestream here starting at noon tomorrow.
The Redistricting Committee has also scheduled several more regional hearings for the coming weeks. Here’s the schedule and information for how to sign up:
Monday, June 21st @ 6 pm: Congressional District 1 (Rep. Richard Neal)
Sign up here: bit.ly/cd1hearing
Thursday, July 8th @ 6 pm: Congressional District 3 (Rep. Lori Trahan)
Sign up here: bit.ly/cd3hearing
Monday, July 19th @ 12 pm: Congressional District 4 (Rep. Jake Auchincloss)
Sign up here: bit.ly/cd4hearing
More hearings will be scheduled for July and August – and Drawing Democracy will keep you updated each step of the way. The closer we get to the release of the 2020 Census data needed to conduct redistricting, the more important it is that we have community members involved in the process. Please help us out by sharing the above information with your friends and family and encourage them to be engaged!
The U.S. Census Bureau is expected to make a decision soon about its use of “differential privacy,” which allows the Bureau to avoid disclosing some information to protect the private information of census respondents. Drawing Democracy submitted public comment raising concerns about how the Bureau’s use of differential privacy could pose challenges to our ability to ensure a fair and equitable redistricting process.
Chair of the Redistricting Committee, Representative Mike Moran, has introduced a bill (H.820) that requires reprecincting to happen after redistricting instead of on the mandated date of June 15th. Drawing Democracy strongly supports this change. Read more here.
Joel Rivera, Organizing Director of Drawing Democracy partner the MIRA Coalition, gave two interviews last week with El Planeta and MA Latino News about redistricting. Check them out and please share them with your networks!
June 8, 2021 at 12 pm: Public redistricting hearing for residents of the Eighth Congressional District (Rep. Stephen Lynch). Sign up here.
June 8, 2021: Evidence deadline and earliest likely decision date in the case of Alabama v. Dep. Of Commerce, which challenged the U.S. Census Bureau’s delayed redistricting schedule.
June 10, 2021: Next scheduled American Statistical Association update.
June 14, 2021 at 6 pm: Representation Matters! Redistricting Training & Map Drawing Workshop hosted by the Drawing Democracy Coalition. Sign up here.
June 15, 2021: Statutory deadline for new wards and precincts to be drawn in Massachusetts (subject to further review steps). Since wards and precincts are supposed to be based on redistricting data, we anticipate this deadline will be pushed back.
June 21, 2021 at 6 pm: Public hearing for residents of the First Congressional District (Rep. Richard Neal). Sign up here.
July 6, 2021: Deadline for public comment on the Census Bureau's redistricting plans after the 2030 Census. Submit a comment here.
July 8, 2021 at 6 pm: Public hearing for residents of the Third Congressional District (Rep. Lori Trahan). Sign up here.
July 19, 2021 at 12 pm: Public hearing for residents of the Fourth Congressional District (Rep. Jake Auchincloss). Sign up here.
September 30, 2021: Projected deadline for delivery of detailed redistricting data to the states by the Census Bureau. The Bureau has stated that this data will be available as early as August 16, though it will be in a less user-friendly format.
November 8, 2021: Deadline for Massachusetts State House candidates to begin residence in their district in order to qualify for the 2022 State House elections.