Redistricting Maps and Files (posted Aug. 20, 2021)
The Cranston Redistricting Commission has prepared the below files for public review. They include an interactive map of current Cranston voting districts and elected officials based on 2012 boundaries; a comprehensive Census 2020 data viewer with information on population statistics at the census block level; a PDF map showing change in population from 2010-2020; and an interactive neighborhood map for redistricting purposes, which incorporates public feedback from recent meetings and hearings.
All of these items can now be viewed here at the Cranston Redistricting Gallery - additional interactive maps and datasets, including shapefiles and redistricting data, will be published here as they become available. Also available is a Redistricting Summary Report that shows target populations for 2012 wards and precincts with 2020 redistricting data.
Release of 2020 Census Redistricting Data (posted Aug. 13, 2021 - updated Aug. 17, 2021)
The United States Census Bureau released its Decennial Census P.L. 94-171 Redistricting Data Summary Files on Aug. 12, 2021. This data will be used by the Cranston Redistricting Commission to draft its final report to the Cranston City Council in early 2022. The data is in a raw file format that requires technical knowledge to export and view. A link to the raw data is on the right of this page, and accompanying explanations and instructions from the Census Bureau may be found here. A breakdown summary report of the data as reflected in the six current wards of Cranston is now available on the right of this page.
The Census Bureau has also published an interactive map showing various demographic data at the tract level, which may be found by clicking here. The map includes information on group quarters, race, Hispanic origin, housing, population density, population change since 2010, and other datasets.
Over the next several weeks, the Cranston Redistricting Commission staff will review and prepare the released raw data into files and maps for easier understanding and public consumption. When ready for publication, those files and maps will be posted on this page.
The 2020 Census population numbers revealed that the City of Cranston is the second most populous municipality in Rhode Island, with a total population of 82,934. This is an increase of 2,547 people, or 3.2%, since the 2010 Census, which reported Cranston's population as 80,387. While most detailed 2020 Census data is not yet available in data tables online, you may view 2020 population data for Cranston or any other Rhode Island municipality online at this link.
Public Hearing for Comment on Draft Redistricting Neighborhood Map (posted July 22, 2021 - updated Aug. 13, 2021)
public hearing for comment on a draft redistricting neighborhood map
was held by the Cranston Redistricting Commission on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021. The hearing
allowed members of
the public to review and provide feedback on a draft map of Cranston
neighborhoods, created using 2020 Census block boundaries lines.
electronic PDF version of the draft neighborhood map is available on
the Redistricting webpage, under the Canvassing Authority webpage on
the City of Cranston website, by clicking HERE.. Public comment on the draft map may be submitted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interactive 2020 Census Cranston Block Boundary Map (posted May 26, 2021)
An interactive Census Block Boundary map of Cranston's block boundaries, constructed from released 2020 Census block boundary data, is now available for viewing online here: https://cranston.maps.arcgis.com/apps/dashboards/19aff83fa36243e2b99fb4c1620be2be
The map forms the foundation of the upcoming redistricting process, featuring the blocks, block groups, and census tracts that will be used to draw state and local district boundaries, among other information and data layers.
This summer, the Redistricting Commission will begin holding public hearings and soliciting public feedback to generate a conceptual neighborhood map of the city, using census block boundaries, to identify areas of the city that should be kept together as neighborhoods and communities of interest in the ward redistricting process
Cranston Redistricting Commission Background
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 August 16, 2021 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 Reapportionment Commission, which is anticipated to begin meeting soon. In the meantime, the Cranston Redistricting Commission has begun preliminary work, fact-finding, and soliciting 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
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 Registrar / Director of Elections Nicholas Lima, who is the redistricting coordinator staffing the city's Redistricting Commission, at 401-780-3128 or email@example.com. If your email correspondence is intended for the Redistricting Commission members, please indicate as such and your message will be forwarded to the entire Commission. You can look up your current elected officials, city ward, and voting precinct information online at vote.ri.gov.
Redistricting Commission Membership:
Randall A. Jackvony
Gary J. Vierra
Quilcia I. Moronta