How DC’s department boundaries can change

The DC Council’s subcommittee on redistricting on Thursday released its final map proposal, which aims to restore the district’s population between the eight wards and reflects new proposed ward boundaries.

The DC Council’s subcommittee on redistricting on Thursday announced its final map proposal, which aims to restore the district’s population between the eight wards and introduce new proposed ward boundaries.

DC is required by law to rebalance the population among the districts every 10 years, so all are roughly equal in size based on population.



The district’s official census was 689,545, meaning each ward should be between 81,883 and 90,503 residents, At-Large Council member Elissa Silverman, who chairs the Redistricting Subcommittee, said during a Thursday briefing.

“The key issue for the subcommittee was how to cultivate sections 7 and 8, which are geographically separated by the natural boundary of the Anacostia river from the rest of the city, with the small exception of the section of section 7 that spans Anacostia, while the population in Section 6 is shrinking, ”Silverman said.

She added that the subcommittee should “ensure that any new political boundary that we draw is drawn in a way that does not dilute the voting power of minority residents, by our black voters.”

At-Large Council member Anita Bonds said there are no perfect answers in the process.

“It simply came to our notice then. My colleagues and I have been working on the phones with each other for a number of days to arrive at a mutually acceptable result for our respective communities, ”said Bonds.

“Every citizen wants what they want and we have the mandate to make the changes. And then with that spirit we move forward. I think we had no favorites. And we tried to play the cards straight, as “They were given, and here we are today. But politically or not, strategic hard political work has been done.”

Below are the proposed boundary adjustments by department:

Section 1: Absorb the Armed Forces Retirement Home and Medical Center from Division 5, and
extend the southern boundary three blocks to the east along S Street NW.
Section 2: Accept Ward 6 Census Treaties including Shaw; move the western border south
Massachusetts Avenue NW to 5th Street NW.
Section 3: No change.
Section 4: No change.
Section 5: Transfer the Armed Forces Retirement Home to Division 1.
Section 6: Transfer Shaw Census Treaties to Ward 2; transfer most of the Navy Yard to Division 8; change the boundary of Ward 7 to be C Street NE to the north, to 15th Street NE, down to Potomac Ave SE, to 11th Street SE, and return Kingman Park to Ward 6.
Section 7: Change the boundary to Ward 6 to be C Street NE to the north, to 15th Street NE, down to Potomac Ave SE, to 11th Street SE, and return Kingman Park to Ward 6.
Section 8: Accept Navy Yard from Section 6.

The suggested map is below.

The final card proposed by the DC Council Subcommittee on Redistribution. Click to enlarge.

A vote in the subcommittee on the map and the associated legislation is scheduled for Friday at 15.00 It will then go for the full council in December.

The redistribution software can be found online.

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