Lawmakers seek public's input in redistricting Connecticut's political lines

Lawmakers held a meeting at Shelton City Hall Monday where residents were invited to give their input in redistricting Connecticut's political lines.
About a dozen people showed up to sound off on maps that will affect millions.
Due to the new census, Connecticut has to redraw all its political boundaries.
A small group of state lawmakers will actually draw the new maps.
"What I think is going to happen throughout, and this is why Connecticut has received high marks on redistricting in the past, is that it's bipartisan," said Senate Minority Leader Kevin Kelly.
These lines can literally divide neighborhoods. For instance, one side of the road could be represented by a Democrat, while a Republican could represent the other side.
Those lines could really shift this year because Fairfield County's population jumped 4%. In Stamford, it was 10%, while some towns could gain a seat in Hartford.
"Wilton used to have its own town representative, but it was broken up due to typical gerrymandering considerations," said Kim Healy, of Wilton.
Others think the public should draw the new maps.
"Voters should choose their representatives rather than legislators choosing their voters," said Vanessa Liles, of Bridgeport.
This year, residents can draw their own map online.
"Anybody can go onto these websites, draw your own maps and submit those maps as testimony," said state Rep. Gregg Haddad.
Connecticut will hold a virtual redistricting hearing Tuesday night.