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Election Redistricting Public Hearing Set For Thursday

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SALISBURY, Md. - Salisbury City Council is inviting members of the public to participate in a public hearing tomorrow, to obtain public input on a proposed amendment of the city's  election districts.

According to reports, the proposal would increase the current two (2) districts to five (5) districts with each district electing one (1) council member. Voting districts are considered  following  the  release  of  population  and  demographic figures from each U.S. Census, the last being held in 2010. Districts are reportedly drawn in compliance with section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. In drawing district lines, the city must consider a number of factors, such as
compactness, contiguity, respect  for "communities of interest" and others. 

Reports say the current two-district system began as result of a consent order issued by the  U.S.  District  Court in 1987.  It was later modified  when  the  City  Council  approved  Charter  Resolution  No.  2170  on  June  11,  2012.  That resolution reportedly

  • eliminated staggered elections in the City of Salisbury such that in November 2015 all five (5) council members and the Mayor shall be elected at the same time to serve four-year terms
  • provided for the election of the Mayor for a term to run until November 2015 enlarged Election District 1 and provided for the election of one (1) council member from that
    district for a term to run until November 2015
  • reduced Election District 2 and provided for the election of one (1) council member from that district for a term to run until November 2015
  • provided that as of the General Election of November 2015 District 1 shall be further increase in area and District 2 shall be further decreased in area such that two (2) council members shall be elected from District 1 and three (3) Council members shall be elected from District 2

The City Council invites public input and any suggestions or plans they may have before deliberating on the final district lines to be drawn.

The Public Hearing will be held at 6:00 PM in Council Chambers of the Government Office Building, located at 125 N. Division St., Salisbury, MD. Input and questions may also be directed to the entire council via email to  AllCityCouncilMembers@citylivingsalisbury.com  or by calling the Office of the City Clerk at (410) 548-3140.

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