Vermont Begins Work On Redistricting

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It’s time to decide whether Vermont’s legislative district lines need to be redrawn.

While some experts tell the Burlington Free Press there may be no need for a lot of reshuffling, old fights from past redistricting efforts could come up again.

Every decade after a census, the Vermont Constitution requires the Legislature to review and, if necessary, redraw the borders for House and Senate districts to create fair representation.

On March 8, the seven-member Vermont Legislative Apportionment Board takes its first look at the effect of the new U.S. census data on the state’s legislative districts. Computer software will plug the just-released census information into the existing House and Senate districts and allow the board to see how well the new population numbers match new targets.

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