The Ward Realignment Committee is an Ad hoc group responsible for determining the realignment of the City’s wards based on the 2020 census results.
Meetings: September 7, 2023, 6PM, 305 Gay Street, Council Chambers September 14, 2023 6PM, 615B Pine Street, Empowerment Center September 21, 2023 6PM, 410 Academy Street, City Hall Conference Room September 28, 2023 6PM, 410 Academy Street, City Hall Conference Room
Members: Jim Sicks, Greg Meekins, Lou Hyman, Tabria Cornish, Barbara Knepp, Talibah Chikwendu and Carlos Estin.
This will be a seven (7) member committee with one representative appointed by each City Council member and 2 appointed by the Mayor.
Purpose & Duties:
Federal Election law requires the review of voting districts after each decennial census. Due to a growth in population in the City of Cambridge per the 2020 US Census, the City is required to adjust the ward boundaries to reflect the change in population distribution.
Specific duties include:
Review current ward definitions
Review data related to the 2020 U.S. Census and how the wards may not be incompliance with election law relative to the population distribution
Discuss ways to adjust the ward boundaries to be compliant and to ensure, as best as possible, wards are compact and neighborhoods are not subdivided across ward lines
Recommend to City Council proposed new ward boundaries
Collect feedback from City Council and the public; adjust recommendations, if appropriate
Present final proposal to City Council for enactment
This workgroup must complete the realignment task by October 2023 to allow for new legislation to be in place prior to our next municipal election scheduled for 2024.