Legislation

Redistricting would split Winooski in two House districts

By Jackson Moffet at the Winooski News

A board tasked with redrawing Vermont’s legislative maps voted 4-3 on a proposed legislative map, possibly changing much of the Vermont Senate and House maps for the next decade. 

Under the proposed map, Winooski would be split between districts Chittenden 11-1 and Chittenden 11-2, with the border between the two districts on Main Street. Both of these districts would represent roughly 4,300 people, as opposed to the current map which has both Representatives Taylor Small and Hal Colston representing 8,600 people. 

Winooski now sits in the Chittenden 6-7 district, as one of the dozens of multi-member districts in the state. In the map proposed by the board at a recent meeting, all 150 districts would be single member districts. 

The board unsuccessfully attempted to do away with two member districts a decade ago, the last time they met to redraw districts. 

After every census, the board is required to meet to draw a new map that accurately shows the best way to represent Vermonters in Montpelier. Much of this process involves looking at the changing demographics in Vermont’s towns and drawing maps to best represent them. 

The proposed map awaits feedback from the boards of Civil Authority, which the Apportionment Board must get back by November 15. Once feedback is given, the Apportionment Board has until November 29 to submit its final maps for the Vermont State House. 

A board tasked with redrawing Vermont’s legislative maps voted 4-3 on a proposed legislative map, possibly changing much of the Vermont Senate and House maps for the next decade. 

Under the proposed map, Winooski would be split between districts Chittenden 11-1 and Chittenden 11-2, with the border between the two districts on Main Street. Both of these districts would represent roughly 4,300 people, as opposed to the current map which has both Representatives Taylor Small and Hal Colston representing 8,600 people. 

Winooski now sits in the Chittenden 6-7 district, as one of the dozens of multi-member districts in the state. In the map proposed by the board at a recent meeting, all 150 districts would be single member districts. 

 The board unsuccessfully attempted to do away with two member districts a decade ago, the last time they met to redraw districts. 

After every census, the board is required to meet to draw a new map that accurately shows the best way to represent Vermonters in Montpelier. Much of this process involves looking at the changing demographics in Vermont’s towns and drawing maps to best represent them. 

The proposed map awaits feedback from the boards of Civil Authority, which the Apportionment Board must get back by November 15. Once feedback is given, the Apportionment Board has until November 29 to submit its final maps for the Vermont State House. 

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