Senator Dan Wolf
Massachusetts Cape & Islands District
Redistricting Committee seeks Cape and Islands comment

Cape and Islands residents will have an opportunity to testify about upcoming electoral redistricting plans without having to travel over the bridges.

The Special Joint Committee on Redistricting, charged with creating new political boundaries that will reduce the number of Massachusetts Congressional seats from 10 to 9 while altering at least some Massachusetts House and Senate districts, will convene for public comment on Monday, June 27, beginning at 6 pm, at Cape Cod Community College.

Committee members include Cape and Islands Senator Dan Wolf (D-Harwich) and Representative Demetrius Atsalis (D-Barnstable).

“This is an important step in making sure our process is inclusive, and transparent,” said Senator Wolf. “I’d like to commend the co-Chairs, Senator Stanley Rosenberg (D-Amherst) and Representative Michael Moran (D-Brighton), for making sure citizens from the Cape and Islands have an opportunity to attend a local redistricting hearing and testify in person.”

“Every voice is important in this process. We hope to hear from more people than ever before through this hearing and our interactive website. I urge everyone who is interested to participate,” said Senate Chair Rosenberg.

“This Committee will actively encourage participation in the redistricting process by federal, state, and municipal officials, public interest groups, and any concerned citizens. The drawing of new district boundaries will not begin until we hear from all those who want to contribute to the process and we learn from their opinions.” said House Chair Moran.

“Given the new census figures, it seems certain that there will be some changes in the boundaries of districts in our region,” added Representative Atsalis. “It’s important to have a hearing here, and share the wisdom of people who understand our communities best.”

In Massachusetts, the state legislature is responsible for drawing district lines for state as well as federal elections. Redistricting takes place every 10 years, based on population changes documented by the United States census. New districts will take effect in the 2012 election cycle.

The meeting on Cape Cod will be one of the last regional opportunities to testify.

The committee has an extensive and interactive website which includes everything from historical information to schedules of upcoming events, census data, district maps, and contact information for all committee members. Those who cannot attend the hearing can submit questions, comments, or materials at

www.malegislature.gov/redistricting