Cranston Redistricting Commission
The Cranston Redistricting Commission is a temporary advisory committee created by the Cranston City Council, comprised of the three regular members of the Cranston Board of Canvassers. The Commission's objective is to prepare a detailed draft redistricting plan (or plans) for submission to the City Council for the Council's consideration and ultimate approval. The City Council's final plan, upon passage by the Council by ordinance, will be transmitted to the Mayor for approval, and will ultimately be forwarded to the Rhode Island General Assembly for ratification. New ward and precinct boundaries will then go into effect for the 2022 election cycle.
The Commission was created by the City Council on March 22, 2021. It will meet as needed in 2021 and during the first half of 2022 to complete its work. Meeting notices will be posted on this page, on the city calendar at https://www.cranstonri.gov/calendar/, and on the Secretary of State's Open Meetings Portal at https://opengov.sos.ri.gov/OpenMeetingsPublic/OpenMeetingDashboard?subtopmenuId=201&EntityID=738. Meeting notices will also be posted at the Cranston City Hall and Cranston Central Public Library notice bulletin boards. From time to time, the Redistricting Commission may elect to hold public hearings, which will additionally be advertised in the Cranston Herald.
As the process matures, public documents, map proposals, approved scenarios, and population data will be posted on this page, along with additional means of public involvement in redistricting, including opportunities for the submission of maps.
Redistricting takes place following the anticipated September release of 2020 Census data, ahead of the 2022 election cycle. The local process cannot be completed until the Rhode Island General Assembly creates its own state district lines through its own state Redistricting Committee, which is anticipated to begin meeting later this year, pending action by the state legislature to create it. In the meantime, the Cranston Redistricting Commission will begin preliminary work, fact-finding, and solicit public input on the process so work can progress on a definitive timeline over the winter and into next spring.
At the conclusion of the process in May 2022, following adoption of a final plan by the City of Cranston, the Cranston Board of Canvassers will mail a postcard to all 60,000 registered Cranston voters informing them of their new (or unchanged) congressional, ward, state precinct, and state representative and state senate districts, as well as the assigned default polling place for their precinct for the 2022 General Election and future general elections for the next 10 years.
The work of the Redistricting Commission is guided by its direction from the City Council, applicable federal and state law and court precedent, and the Cranston City Charter, which was recently amended by the voters of the City in the November 2020 election as follows:
Sec. 2.03 – Elective officers—Mayor and council.
By ordinance, the city shall be divided into six wards in such a manner that each ward shall: (1) consist of a compact and contiguous portion of the city; (2) respect the geographic integrity of local neighborhoods or local communities of interest in a manner which minimizes their division to the extent possible; (3) be bounded by major roads or natural features to the extent possible. All wards shall contain as nearly as possible an equal number of inhabitants as determined by the most recent federal decennial census, and shall request that such plan be enacted into law. The place of residence of any incumbent or political candidate shall not be considered in the creation of wards. Wards shall not be drawn for the purpose of favoring or discriminating against an incumbent, political candidate, or political party.
Redistricting takes place following each decennial Census to adjust voting district boundaries, due to changes over time in population. The 2022 voting districts will be in place until the next redistricting process, in 2031-2032, following completion of the next federal Census. You can find out more about the U.S. Census Bureau and the 2020 Census process here: https://www.census.gov/2020census
Providence County, including the City of Cranston, was the only county selected nationwide for the 2018 End-to-End Census Test, which was conducted in preparation for the 2020 Census. Find out more about the 2018 End-to-End Census Test here: https://www.census.gov/2018censustest
To view up-to-date, interactive city ward, voting district, and legislative district maps of the current 2012 enacted districts in the City of Cranston, click the following link and view the "Find My Polling Place and Elected Officials" GIS map.
Find Your Polling Place and Elected Officials
For inquiries about the redistricting process, or questions about how to find your local elected officials, please contact the Registrar / Director of Elections at 401-780-3128 or email@example.com
. You can also look up your current elected officials, city ward, and voting precinct information online at vote.ri.gov