What is redistricting?

Redistricting is the process of redrawing electoral boundaries. It occurs for all levels of representative government, including the US House of Representatives, state legislatures, local voting  districts (precincts), and more. These boundaries define the constituency that will be represented in government and the district in which a candidate for office runs.

The US Constitution requires a census of the population and a reapportionment of congressional representatives every ten years. After each new census, states and local governments redraw voting districts to account for changes in population and geography that have occurred over the preceding decade. The 2020 census counted just over one million residents in Rhode Island and 17,153 residents in Barrington.

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1. How can I find my voting district and polling place?
2. What is redistricting?
3. Who determined the new voting districts?
4. How many legislative districts are there in Barrington?
5. How many voting precincts (polling places) are there in Barrington for 2022?
6. When do the new voting districts take effect?
7. How extensive were the changes to the voting districts?
8. Why are schools used as polling places?
9. Where can I find more information about redistricting or elections in Rhode Island?