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2022 Reapportionment (Redistricting)

The Vermont House of Representatives and the Senate are periodically reapportioned to reflect Vermont's changing population patterns. The reapportionment (redistricting) process is guided by Title 17, Chapter 34A of the Vermont Statutes Annotated. On March 30, 2022, the General Assembly passed H.722 (2021) reapportioning the House of Representatives and the Senate. H.722 was signed by the Governor on April 6, 2022, and enacted as 2022 Acts and Resolves No. 89.

Act 89 - An act relating to reapportioning the final representative districts of the House of Representatives and the senatorial districts of the Senate (H.722) 

 

Reapportionment Process

The following summary and information is provided for the convenience of the public and members of the General Assembly. It is intended to provide a general summary of the reapportionment process and may not be exhaustive. It has been prepared by the staff of the Office of Legislative Counsel without input from members of the General Assembly. It is not intended to aid in the interpretation of legislation or to serve as a source of legislative intent.

In Vermont, in accordance with 17 V.S.A. chapter 34A, the periodic (decennial) reapportionment process entails a multi-partisan Legislative Apportionment Board recommending a plan to the legislature that the General Assembly may adopt, modify, or reject entirely and then adopt a completely new plan. 

The reapportionment process is codified in 17 V.S.A. chapter 34A, however for the 2022 reapportionment cycle the 2021 deadlines were modified by Act 11 (2021).  This modification was necessary because the U.S. Census released the 2020 Census dataset in August 2021 instead of March 2021. 

2022 Reapportionment Timeline

August 2021 – The Legislative Apportionment Board began its review of 2020 Census data and began creating possible reapportionment maps for the House and Senate. 

Mid-October 2021 – The Legislative Apportionment Board sent its tentative House proposal to boards of civil authority for review.

Late October to Mid-November 2021 – Boards of civil authority provided feedback to the Legislative Apportionment Board on its tentative House proposal.

Late November 2021 – The Legislative Apportionment Board submitted its final proposed House and Senate reapportionment plans to the Clerk of the House and the Senate Secretary.

Early January 2022 – the Legislative Apportionment Board submitted its written report explaining its proposed House and Senate reapportionment plans to the Clerk of the House and the Senate Secretary.

January – April 2022 – Legislative committees of jurisdiction will review House and Senate plan proposals, take testimony, and draft legislation to reapportion the representatives of the House and the Senate.

Adjournment sine die (End of Legislative Session) – The deadline for the General Assembly to pass bills outlining the reapportionment of the House and Senate.

 

Additional Information

Legislative Committees of Jurisdiction

The committee of jurisdiction for the reapportionment of the House of Representatives is the House Committee on Government Operations.  Reapportionment materials may be viewed by visiting the Committee’s webpage and by clicking the links in the above section “2022 Reapportionment Information.”

The committee of jurisdiction for the reapportionment of the Senate is the Senate Committee on Reapportionment. Reapportionment materials may be viewed by visiting the Committee’s webpage.

Current Districts

Current senatorial districts are set forth in 17 V.S.A. chapter 33, and current representative districts are set forth in 17 V.S.A. chapter 34.

2020 Census Data

Please visit the Vermont Center for Geographic Information website to view 2020 Census results, maps, and information: https://vcgi.vermont.gov/data-release/2020-census-data

The U.S. Census has established a Count Resolution Question process to resolve issues of data accuracy in a political subdivision. Information on this process is posted at https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2021/2020-census-count-question-resolution.html

Legislative Apportionment Board

The Legislative Apportionment Board posts its meeting information and materials on its website: https://sos.vermont.gov/apportionment-board/. The Legislative Apportionment Board is supported by the Secretary of State’s Office.

 

2012 Reapportionment

2002 Reapportionment