Wednesday, January 11, 2012

City of Richmond redistricting information released . . . sort of

The City of Richmond quietly posted a large document dump of material related to Richmond's redistricting. There's a lot in the collection, but there doesn't seem to be a simple to read, single, detailed map of the new City Council districts. The documents are part of the city's Preclearance Submission package sent to the United States Department of Justice on January 10, 2012 under section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.

The Approved 2011 Richmond Decennial Voter District Redistricting District Boundary Plan can be found here, and it's possible to kind of puzzle out the proposed new districts by studying the maps in the back of the ordinance. What is needed is a single detailed map clearly laying out the new boundaries.

I narrowly missed being redistricted into the 7th from the 6th when Shockoe Bottom was transferred to the 7th. I am now one block inside the 6th district where I am ward chair for the Richmond City Democratic Committee. The 1st and the 5th districts remain unchanged.

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