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Friday, August 19, 2011

Ward lines redraw approaches (or not)


 
Plainfield gets its day in the Ward-redrawing sweepstakes on September 1, a week from next Thursday (see details in my previous post here).

Meanwhile, Somerset County has beaten Union County to the punch by ordering the realignment of Ward boundaries in Franklin Township as noted recently in the Ledger (see here).

Franklin, which grew by nearly one quarter (from 51,000 to 63,000) over the previous Census, saw enough disproportionate growth that its ward boundaries needed to be shifted. At the same time, the number of voting districts increased from 40 to 50.

Plainfield's growth, while solid at nearly 2,000, was nowhere near as dramatic as Franklin's. If it was spread relatively proportionately across our four Wards, there may be no need to redraw the Ward lines this time around -- despite the population growth.

Up until recently, the Census numbers for Plainfield were not available, but they can now be found online at the newly-redesigned American FactFinder section of the Census Bureau website (see here).

You will have to make two entries --

  • In the left search box, type 'population'
  • In the right search box, type 'plainfield city, nj' ('city' is required, caps are not)
Hit 'GO' and you will be taken to a page with a link which, when clicked, will open the 2010 Census page for Plainfield.

The whole process is far more clunky than the method of searching under the 2000 census, and the result is far less elegant -- the 2000 search generated a single-page format which fit one sheet of paper, with links to expand various segments. The new web view prints out on several pages.

Progress.


-- Dan Damon [follow]

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