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 Nashua

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 Nashua, changed their ward lines following the release of the 2000 census data. The affidavit of the Nashua city clerk was also filed. The city clerk stated that the city wards had been redrawn in accordance with federal census figures, and his affidavit set forth the population for the reconfigured wards. A certified copy of the city charter describing the ward boundaries and a certified copy of the map reconfigured after the 2000 census were also filed with the court.

After reviewing the affidavits, the court determined that there were discrepancies between the population figures for the reconfigured wards as reported by the city clerk and as reported in federal census data. In the companion case of Petition of Senator Clifton Below & a., the court advised the parties and the Nashua city clerk of the discrepancies and ordered the parties to file a pleading relating to the discrepancies.

The Nashua city clerk filed a new affidavit correcting the population figures reported by the city. There now is no discrepancy between the population as reported by the city clerk and as reported in federal census data. The population of the city’s 9 wards, as reported in federal census data, is set forth below.

Ward 1: The population reported in the federal census data for ward 1 as currently configured is 9,551.

Ward 2: The population reported in the federal census data for ward 2 as currently configured is 9,704.

Ward 3: The population reported in the federal census data for ward 3 as currently configured is 9,698.

Ward 4: The population reported in the federal census data for ward 4 as currently configured is 9,943.

Ward 5: The population reported in the federal census data for ward 5 as currently configured is 9,625.

Ward 6: The population reported in the federal census data for ward 6 as currently configured is 9,252.

Ward 7: The population reported in the federal census data for ward 7 as currently configured is 7,438.

Ward 8: The population reported in the federal census data for ward 8 as currently configured is 11,816.

Ward 9: The population reported in the federal census data for ward 9 as currently configured is 9,578.

If the parties and the city of Nashua agree that the population figures for Nashua wards 1 through 9, as set forth above, are accurate, they shall, on or before 12:00 noon 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 does not agree that the federal census data figures for these wards are accurate, that party or the city should state the reasons for disagreement in a pleading to be submitted on or before 12:00 noon on Tuesday, July 16, 2002. Should there be any disagreement, the parties, their technical advisors, and the city clerk of Nashua shall remain available to respond to further inquiries from the court on very short notice.

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

Eileen Fox,

Clerk