DC Council Holds First of Two Redistricting Votes Tuesday

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Ward 7 ANC Boundaries as proposed in Committee of the Whole Map dated May 24.

DC Council will meet twice Tuesday, May 24 to consider new boundaries for Advisory Neighborhood Commissions. When they do, they’ll have a new map in front of them, one that has changed since Friday, when the Council’s Subcommittee on Redistricting voted to send a map and report on to Council.

Many of the changes affect Ward 7, with ANCs renamed. ANC 7A becomes 7D. The biggest change is in the area around Congressional Cemetery, where the Committee of the Whole (COW) map draws a line along 19th Street and reconfigures the cross-border ANCs.

You can see the full report proposed by the Subcommittee and the changed COWe map here.

Ward 7 ANCs as proposed by DC Council Subcommittee on Redistricting May 20. Detail: Subcommittee on Redistricting [CLICK TO SEE HI-RES FULL MAP]

DC Council will vote one more time at a June legislative meeting.  The new ANC boundaries must be in place prior to July to allow candidates sufficient time to get on the ballot for the General Election in November 2022.

The DC Council Subcommittee on Redistricting unanimously approved Advisory Neighborhood Commission Boundaries Act of 2022 and its accompanying report at a meeting last Friday, May 20. However, Chair Elissa Silverman (I-At Large) said that she expected additional changes.

By law, redistricting takes place once every ten years after the conclusion of the US Census. Boundaries are redrawn by the DC Council to ensure each seat represents roughly an equal number of voters. The new wards, redrawn last year, took effect on Jan. 1.

Each ward councilmember appointed a taskforce charged with redrawing both ANC and the Single Member Districts (SMDs) boundaries. Each taskforce presented the Subcommittee with a report and map. These advisory documents formed the basis for the Advisory Neighborhood Commission Boundaries Act of 2022.

Watch the meeting live on the Council site at https://bit.ly/2ooL0l1; on the OCTFME site, at https://bit.ly/2JNZIro or on TV channels 13 or 18.