HOPKINTON - The new district maps that were approved by the Rhode Island Reappointment Commission on Monday, Dec. 19, would have a trickle down affect on most of the state’s 39 cities and towns if passed into law. Hopkinton could potentially see some significant changes, such as the addition of a new town polling location.
Hopkinton Town Councilman Scott Bill Hirst expressed displeasure with the approved redistricting plans, and said that there are multiple dimensions as to why they could be bad for Hopkinton.
“I am not happy with this,” he said. “Hopkinton will almost certainly have to create a new voting district.”
Hopkinton currently has three voting districts. The approved House Plan D would shift the northernmost part of the town away from Brian Patrick Kennedy’s District 38 and into Larry Valencia’s District 39. According to Hirst, this shift is likely to cause the Hopkinton Board of Canvasses to add a fourth voting district.
Robert Rapoza, the Elections Director of the Rhode Island Board of Elections, and a Hopkinton resident, said that the town currently has three polling places in the same house and senate districts. If part of the town were to go to another district, it would depend on how the Hopkinton Board of Canvasses draws the lines of the town’s voting districts.
“It’s all going to come down to if the line is approved, and how the Board of Canvasses draws the line,” Rapoza said.
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