Bangor voting districts

Bangor Daily News (ME) - Thursday, October 20, 1994
Although Bangor's population has not decreased, the city lost one legislative district in the latest round of redistricting. Bangor now comprises four rather than five legislative districts. 

Once again district boundaries have been realigned to account for shifts in the city's population. Each of the state's legislative districts ideally contains 8,132 people. The size of each district is determined by population and not the number of registered voters. 

"I know we haven't lost any population," said City Clerk Russ McKenna. He said the change in district alignments has more to do with a policy of the Commissioners of Reapportionment to keep cities and neighborhoods intact than with changes in Bangor's total population. 

The southwest corner of Bangor was taken out of District 115, which also included parts of Hermon and Glenburn, and combined with the old District 116 to create a new District 120, which encompasses the southern part of the city. 

The city's ward boundaries, which follow the legislative district lines, were also affected by the change. Each of the city's four wards are divided into two segments of roughly equal population. However, ward boundaries are largely meaningless as City Councilors are elected at large. 

Because the changes are likely to cause confusion for some voters, City Clerk McKenna encouraged voters to familiarize themselves with the new district boundaries so that they will be sure to go to the right polling place on Nov. 8. 

The city sent cards to residents affected by the redistricting, but McKenna worried that some people might not have received the notices. He suggested that people with questions about where they vote contact the City Clerk's office. 

To accommodate last minute questions and changes, the Voter Registration office has scheduled extended hours in the days prior to the election. On Nov. 3, 4 and 7, the office will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 pm. to 9 p.m. On election day -- Nov. 8 -- the office will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

With election day fast approaching, McKenna encouraged voters to make sure that their voter registration information is up to date. People who have moved or changed their names must notify the Voter Registration office of those changes to ensure that their names are placed on the correct voting list.