City Council Redistricting Hearing Thursday Sep. 29 at 3:00 PM

The Boston City Council Committee on Redistricting is currently undergoing the decennial process of reviewing and redrawing the 9 City Council district boundaries according to 2020 Census redistricting data. New district boundaries will be in effect for the 2023-2031 municipal elections until redrawn in 2032 following the 2030 Census. Community engagement and public participation are essential to a redistricting process that strengthens our local democracy and is reflective of the communities officials are elected to represent.

The Committee will hold a public hearing this Thursday, September 29, 2022 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM in the City Council’s Iannella Chamber on the 5th floor of Boston City Hall (www.boston.gov/public-notices/15922436). There will be options to participate in-person or virtually, as well as to submit comments separate from the hearing. 

As Chair of the Committee on Redistricting, I want to emphasize that the Committee does not have a proposed map at this time, and this hearing is dedicated to discussing community priorities, values, and guidelines (see Docket #1098, Order for the adoption of City Council redistricting principles). Public testimony received will inform the drafting of a proposed district plan, which will then be followed by an extensive public comment and review period prior to final passage.

The criteria and additional common considerations for drawing districts include: 

  • Compliance with the Voting Rights Act
  • Racial and language minority protections and voting strength
  • Equal population across districts (“One Person, One Vote”)
  • Review of demographic data by race, ethnicity, and voting age
  • Compact districts with contiguous boundaries
  • Preservation of neighborhoods and communities of interest
  • Analysis of population change and projected growth
  • Encouraging competitive districts

Please do not hesitate to contact my office should you have any questions regarding the redistricting process. I appreciate any assistance toward ensuring that all of our communities’ voices are engaged in this process.

Respectfully,

Liz Breadon

Educating Voters on Geoff Diehl’s Extreme Vision for Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Democratic Party has prepared this video with the following introduction:

The general election has commenced and we can’t take anything for granted. Geoff Diehl won the Republican primary for governor, so today we are launching our efforts to educate voters about his dangerous record. We need your help to spread the word about Diehl’s extreme vision for the state. Can you share these videos on social media so that your friends and neighbors understand the threat that Geoff Diehl poses to our basic rights?

Geoff Diehl is a staunch supporter of Donald Trump and has pledged to continue his allegiance to the former president, even in light of his attacks on democracy and his role in the January 6 insurrection. Diehl is also proudly anti-abortion rights – he pushed to ban abortion while serving in the Legislature. With our reproductive freedom on the ballot this year, we can’t allow a candidate in our Governor’s Office who will threaten our basic rights. We need to stop Geoff Diehl. Not only that – we have the chance to elect Maura Healey, a champion for reproductive rights. We need a Governor who will defend our rights, not eliminate them. That’s where you come in.

Community Town Hall on LGBTQ+ Public Safety Plan: Wednesday, September 14, 2022 6:00-7:30

The Human Rights Commission presents this Community Town Hall in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ+ Advancement and City Councilor Kendra Lara’s Office.

The purpose of this session is to provide an open and safe space for all that identify as LGBTQ+ to speak about their experiences and concerns with hate incidents in Boston. We want to hear from you.

Limited speaking slots available for community testimonials.

Attend the Zoom meeting: bit.ly/LGBTQpublicsafety

Share your experience: bit.ly/lgbtqtestimonial

Committee Announces Endorsements for Democratic Candidates in September Primary

Please note: The Boston Ward 19 Democratic Committee’s endorsement meeting and vote, on Monday, August 22, 2022, preceded by several days the troublesome accusations that have affected the Suffolk County District Attorney race. The Committee has no provision for rescinding or changing endorsements, and there is insufficient time for it to take any other actions before the primary. The Committee will learn from this situation by working on changes to its bylaws to address future problems.

The Boston Ward 19 Democratic Committee has endorsed the following candidates in the Democratic Primary, September 6, 2022:

Statewide offices:

  • Governor: Maura Healy
  • Lieutenant Governor: Tami Gouveia
  • Auditor: Chris Dempsey
  • Attorney General and Secretary of the Commonwealth: No Endorsement

Suffolk County:

  • District Attorney: Ricardo Arroyo
  • Sheriff: Steve Tompkins

Massachusetts Senate Second Suffolk district:

  • Nika Elugardo

Massachusetts House districts:

  • 6th Suffolk: Russell Holmes
  • 15th Suffolk: Sam Montaño

Resources for Understanding Precinct Changes in Ward 19

In Ward 19, precincts 3, 4, 7, 8 and 9 were changed due to reprecincting.  Reprecincting was needed partly because of the way the legislature set up the new districts for the state house and senate.  The piece of precinct 3 on the east side of Centre St. was moved into precinct 4.  The northern part of precinct 9, along the Arborway and neighboring streets was moved into precinct 8.   The western half of precinct 7 was moved into precinct 9.  You can see details for Ward 19 on pages 61-64 of this document.  No precinct voting locations were moved, but if your precinct changed from 3 to 4 or from 7 to 9, your location will have changed.  (8 and 9 vote in the same place, so those moved from 9 to 8 still vote in the same place.)

Here are some voting resources from the Secretary of State.

Here’s where to look up where to vote, which will also give you your precinct and which districts you are going to be in due to redistricting. You can also see a sample ballot when you enter your address on that page.

From Helen Raizen, Member of the Boston Ward 19 Democratic Committee.

Voting Information for Boston 2022 Elections

REGISTER TO VOTE By Saturday, August 27 at 5 pm:

•In person: 1 CITY HALL SQUARE, ROOM 241

•Online here 

YOUR POLLING LOCATION MAY HAVE CHANGED: Precinct boundaries for Ward 19, precincts 3, 4, 7, 8 and 9 have changed (along with many precincts in other wards)

KNOW YOUR PRECINCT, POLLING LOCATION and new DISTRICTS:

•Find out your voting status (including precinct and new districts) here.

•Find your polling location (including precinct and new districts) here.

  City presentation on reprecincting is here (see slides 61-64 for Ward 19)

PRIMARY is Tuesday, September 6

VOTE BY MAIL (submit an application before 5 pm on Monday, August 29)

To return your ballot in person instead of mailing it:

•You have until 8 p.m. on Election Day to drop off your ballot at dropbox locations around the city

•Locations to be posted soon here 

•You can also drop off your ballot at any early voting location during the City’s early voting period.

EARLY VOTING

•Early Voting starts August 27, 2022 and ends on September 2, 2022, 5 pm 

•Times and locations (in additon to City Hall) will be available here

•Any voter registered in Boston can vote at any early voting location. 

•You don’t need an excuse or reason to vote early.

Committee-Sponsored Forum with all Candidates for 15th Suffolk House District and 2d Suffolk Senate: July 21, 6:30 pm

The Boston Ward 19 Democratic Committee will host a Zoom Forum on July 21, 2022 with all candidates for the 15th Suffolk House District and 2nd Suffolk Senate District. All eight candidates – four for the House seat and four for the Senate seat — are committed to participate. Both are open seats in the Fall election. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

Candidates for 15th Suffolk House district are Richard Fierro, Roxanne Longoria, Sam Montano, Mary Ann Nelson. 

Candidates for 2nd Suffolk Senate district are Rev. Miniard Culpepper, Rep. Nika Elugardo, Rep. Liz Miranda, Former Sen. Dianne Wilkerson. 

Current elected officials are invited to attend and speak briefly at the beginning as our honored guests.

Attendees are encouraged to register in advance here. You will receive a confirmation and link to the event.

The Zoom Forum schedule:6:30-6:40: Greetings from Ward 19 and honored guests
6:40-7:35: 15th Suffolk House Forum
7:35-8:30: 2nd Suffolk Senate Forum
8:30-8:40: Closing 

This is one of only a few opportunities for voters to hear the thoughts and opinions of all candidates  regarding the issues that are critical to voters in this part of the city. The Boston Ward 19 Democratic Committee wants help voters be prepared to vote in the upcoming preliminary election on September 6, 2022 and the final election on November 8, 2022.