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VT Lawmakers Finish Redistricting


Vermont lawmakers have completed the arduous process of redrawing legislative district maps for the next 10 years.  WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports…

Reapportionment happens once a decade to accommodate shifts in population, and in keeping with those shifts during the past decade, Burlington is gaining a House seat, while Rutland County is losing one. Other changes are being made as well.

The object of the process is equal representation, meaning each House and Senate member is supposed to represent about the same number of Vermont residents. Democrats and Progressives say they're happy with the new maps, but the chairman of the state Republican Party says there's too big a deviation from the principle of equal representation.

GOP Chairman Jack Lindley tells the Burlington Free Press the party may sue over the issue.

I’m Pat Bradley, WAMC News. 

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