State and federal laws mandate redistricting following each census. According to law, each electoral (magisterial) district must be composed of contiguous and compact territory and must provide a representation in proportion to the population of the district.
Gloucester County Administrator Brenda Garton explained the report during the meeting and said with Gloucester’s population of 36,858 based on the 2010 census, an ideal population per district is 7,372 people. With a 5 percent maximum allowable deviation, this gives each district a possible population range from 7,003 to 7,740.
Garton said at last Tuesday’s meeting that the current Petsworth and Ware districts have too many people, while the Gloucester Point and York districts have too few.