The main focus of Littleton’s current redistricting process is correcting the 20 percent disparity in population between districts 1 and 3. …
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The main focus of Littleton’s current redistricting process is
correcting the 20 percent disparity in population between districts
1 and 3.
District 1 has a population of 11,308, while District 2 has a
population of 9,129, according to the most recent census data.
“That’s way too large a gap,” City Clerk Wendy Heffner said.
The goal is to make the city’s four districts as equal as
possible. Many municipalities base their districts on the number of
registered voters, but Littleton focuses on total population. An
even split would place 10,450 people in each area.
Redistricting occurs every four years in Littleton, as mandated
by the city charter. In addition to a near-equal number of people,
the charter states that each district must be contiguous, compact
and as close to rectangular as possible.
Littleton’s Election Commission will have the final say in the
matter, but commissioners presented three options for residents to
consider. All three call for District 1 to lose more than 800
residents and District 3 to gain about 1,200. Maps displaying each
of the options are posted on the city’s website,
The city placed the maps on display in the Littleton Center and
Bemis Library more than three weeks ago, Heffner said. Comment
boxes were placed at each location. As of a Redistricting Citizen
Comment and Review session held June 29, the Election Commission
had received 78 comment cards.
The Election Commission has the final say in the matter, but
commissioners feel citizens should be able to have their voices
“I believe in transparent government. I really want it to be
transparent,” Heffner said.
The choice will be made the first week of July at the Election
Commission’s next meeting. The redistricting plan will then be
presented before the city council, likely on July 19. The city
charter calls for redistricting to be completed at least three
months prior to election day for which it becomes effective.
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