League of Women Voters | Rochester Metropolitan Area, Rochester, NY

Redistricting 2021

Every 10 years, following the decennial census, electoral districts maps are redrawn. This time in NYS there is a new process, with the Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC) drawing NYS Legislature and US Congressional district maps. The Commission’s proposed maps were released on September 15, 2021. The Commission is now scheduling public hearings around the state, with a hearing in Rochester scheduled for October 21. Maps may be revised following the hearings and will then, by January, be submitted to the NYS Legislature for approval.

Watch our recent redistricting forum.

Forum: Redistricting in New York State – View this recent LWV-RMA forum to find out about the current NYS redistricting process, including district drawing criteria, and for guidance on how to give feedback at public hearings.

IRC’s Proposed Maps (Released on 9/15/2021) – Take a close look at your district maps and keep in mind the criteria the Commission needs to follow (find those in the above Redistricting Forum). Who else is included in your districts? Do you feel your concerns will be represented, or will they be overwhelmed by voters with dissimilar interests? On 9/15/2021 the Commission released two sets of maps. One drawn by the Republican members, one drawn by Democratic members. Find the maps here: https://bit.ly/nyircmaps

2012 Maps – For comparison look at the Rochester area maps that have existed for the past decade.                                   

Commission’s Public Hearings – Not pleased with one or more of your district maps or thrilled with them and don’t want them changed - the Commission wants to hear from you. Rochester area’s hearing is scheduled for Thursday, October 21, 4:00 PM at the Rochester EOC, 161 Chestnut St, Rochester 14604.  They will hear oral testimony and will also accept written testimony. Those who wish to testify in- person or virtually should register at https://nyirc.gov/participate by October 19th at 4:00 PM. Written testimony, including, your own maps, should be submitted at that same site. Additional information about hearings and recordings of prior hearings can be found at https://nyirc.gov/meetings.

Monroe County Legislature Redistricting – A Legislative Revision Commission was appointed by the County Legislature on September 14th. Once formed, this Commission must propose district maps within 3 months, i.e., by December 14th. Within 3 months after the proposed maps are released, a public hearing will be called, followed by a vote of the Legislature. Voters, if displeased with the adopted maps can mount a petition calling for a ballot referendum. We will post a link to the proposed maps once they are released.

Handy Guide to TestimonyIt isn’t that hard. Find tips that will make the process straightforward and unintimidating.

2020 Census informationWant to see the data for yourself, find it here.

lwvny.org/redistricting-2021-people-powered-fair-maps-nys/ - For those who want to dig deeper here is a wealth of resources from the League of Women Voters of New York State.

Local redistricting for Greece Town Council and Rochester City Council will also be done. Information on the process and timeline is not yet available. Please check back periodically.

If the League can be of additional help, send an email to redistricting@lwv-rma.org.

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