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No plan sent to City Council by Danbury Reapportionment Committee

A group of Danbury residents looking to come up with a new map of polling precincts based on 2020 census data was not able to agree on a plan to recommend to the City Council.  Two Democrat and two Republicans were tasked with redrawing the 7 wards to make their populations relatively even.  The map would have been an advisory plan for the City Council to use as a starting point. 

Chairman Mike Safranek said at the first of two meetings last week that he was never called by IT once software was installed on a laptop so he didn't draw up a proposal.  Councilman Ben Chianese noted that the software could be used via the internet and he drafted a proposed map. 

The committee needed to vote on a draft by September 30th.

At their second meeting last week they did not have the 3 votes required for passage.  One GOP member was absent and Safranek said he didn't have enough time to review Chianese's proposal and voted no.  The two Democrats, both City Council members, voted to send the draft to their colleagues. 

The City Council will be told that they couldn't come to agreement and will have to start from scratch.  The Council can ask committee members what plans they drew up and for other information. 

One of their goals was to clean up polling precincts based on a legislative Reapportionment Committee changing state House and Senate boundaries.  Some precincts only have a couple hundred voters and if that could be cut down, the City would save on costs for polling workers and machines to tally the different ballots.