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

RE: City of Dover

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 Dover, changed their ward lines following the release of the 2000 census data. A certified copy of the city charter with the descriptions of the reconfigured wards and a certified copy of the map showing the reconfigured wards were also filed. The city clerk certified that the city wards were redrawn in accordance with federal census figures.

Attached to this order as appendix 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 Dover 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 Dover agree that the population figures reported in the federal census data set forth in appendix 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 Dover, 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 Dover shall remain available to respond to further inquiries from the court on very short notice.

To assist the parties and the City of Dover in this review, attached to this order, as appendix 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 when viewed in PDF format on the judicial branch website ( ).

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