Marlborough City Council approves proposed new voting districts

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By Stuart Foster, Contributing Writer

Marlborough City Council approves proposed new voting districts
Marlborough City Hall stands over Main Street. City and state officials are in the process of finalizing a new ward and precinct map following the release of census data. (Photo/Dakota Antelman)

MARLBOROUGH – The Marlborough City Council voted unanimously to approve proposed new voting districts at a meeting on Oct. 18.

All cities and towns are required to redraw their voting districts every ten years based on the results of the federal census.

Having obtained City Council’s endorsement, the City Clerk’s office will now send its
information to the Local Elections District Review Commission for final approval.

City officials will notify residents who are impacted by district changes following the
Commission’s approval, City Clerk Steve Kerrigan wrote in a letter to the City Council.

The office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, William Galvin, initially prepared its own new ward and precinct districts for Marlborough. However, Kerrigan revised the map to avoid dividing the Glenbrook and Lodi Road neighborhoods.

“There were the two large changes that I saw and then there were a number of smaller changes,” Kerrigan said in an interview with the Community Advocate earlier this month. “Now there are a number of smaller changes, and not as many big changes.”

The law requires that all new wards and precincts are roughly equal in terms of population size.

Kerrigan wrote that the proposed wards and precincts meet all of those legal requirements.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Assistant City Clerk Wilson Chu, GIS
Administrator Nathaniel Bowen, City Engineer Thomas DiPersio and City Solicitor Jason
Grossfield for their help and assistance through this process,” Kerrigan wrote.