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§1-1308. Election wards.
(a)(1) Not later than 10 days after receiving the official report of the federal decennial census ("census report") for the District of Columbia ("District") by the United States Bureau of the Census, the Mayor shall transmit the census report to the Council, including all information pertaining to the official total population of the District and the official population size of each of the census tracts, census blocks, and election wards in the District.
SUBCHAPTER II ELECTION AREA BOUNDARIES
§ 1-1331. Establishment of ward task forces on Advisory Neighborhood Commissions.
(a) Each member of the Council of the District of Columbia ("Council") elected from a ward shall appoint a broadly-based ward task force on Advisory Neighborhood Commissions ("ward task force") for his or her ward.
(b) In appointing the members of a ward task force, each Councilmember shall give full consideration to assuring fair representation for all racial and ethnic minorities, women, and geographical areas in his or her ward.
(c) Each member of a ward task force shall be a registered voter and resident of the ward for which his or her ward task force is appointed.
(d) Each member of the Council elected at-large and the Chairman of the Council may appoint a person to each ward task force. .
(e) Ward task force members shall serve until the ward task force files its final report with the Council unless the Council, by resolution, -extends the term of the ward task force.
(f) Each ward task force member shall serve without compensation.
§1-1332. Report of ward task forces.
(a) (1) Each ward task force shall submit a report to the Council not later than 90 days after approval by the Mayor (or in the event of veto by the Mayor, action by the Council to override the veto) of legislation that reapportions the boundaries of the election wards pursuant to § 1-1308.
(b) The report submitted by a ward task force shall contain:
(c) In developing its report, each ward task force shall comply with the requirements of this section and the requirements of §1-254.
(d) The total District population and the population of defined sub-units of the District population as determined by the federal decennial census, or any official adjustment to the federal decennial census, shall be the exclusive permissible population data for apportionment of single-member districts.
(e) No redistricting plan or proposed amendment to a redistricting plan shall result in district populations with a deviation range greater than 10% or a relative deviation greater than plus-or-minus 5%, unless the deviation results from the limitations of census geography or from the promotion of a rational public policy, including, but not limited to, respect for the political geography of the District, the natural geography of the District, neighborhood cohesiveness, or the development of compact and contiguous districts.
(f) No redistricting plan or proposed amendment to a redistricting plan shall be considered if the plan or amendment has the purpose and effect of diluting the voting strength of minority citizens.
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