THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

SUPREME COURT

 

In Case No. 2002-0210, Petition of Representative Peter Burling & a., the court on July 12, 2002, issued the following order:

RE: City of Claremont

On July 1, 2002, the affidavit of Secretary of State, William M. Gardner, was filed with the court. In the affidavit, Secretary Gardner stated that several cities, including the city of Claremont, changed their ward lines following the release of the 2000 census data. The affidavit of the Claremont deputy city clerk was also filed. The deputy city clerk stated that the wards were redrawn in accordance with federal census figures. A certified copy of the ward changes made after the 2000 census was filed with the court.

Attached to this order as exhibit A is a list showing the total population for the reconfigured wards, as well as the population for each of the census blocks making up the wards as reported in federal census data. Because the City of Claremont has not provided the court with the population for the adjusted wards, the court is unable to compare federal census data with the city’s population figures.

If the parties and the City of Claremont can agree that the population figures reported in the federal census data set forth in exhibit A are accurate, they shall, on or before 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16, 2002, submit an original and seven (7) copies of a supplemental pleading stipulating to the accuracy of the figures.

If any party, or the City of Claremont, does not agree that the federal census data figures as set forth on the attached list are accurate, the party or the city should state the reasons for disagreement in a pleading to be submitted on or before 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16, 2002. Should there be any disagreement, the parties, their technical advisors, and the city clerk of Claremont shall remain available to respond to further inquiries from the court on very short notice.

To assist the parties and the City of Claremont in this review, attached to this order as exhibit B is a map of the reconfigured ward boundaries. The boundaries on the paper copy of the map attached to this order are difficult to discern, but are easily discernable on the map when reviewed in PDF format. The map is also available on the judicial branch web site (http://www.state.nh.us/courts/supreme.htm).

Brock, C.J., and Nadeau, Dalianis and Duggan, JJ., concurred.