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New Senate, House districts would boost minority vote power in Massachusetts politics

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Changes to state Senate and House district maps aim to boost the power of minority voters historically for the next 10 years, said Democrats leading redistricting efforts.

“Currently you have two majority-minority districts in Boston, but neither one of them is capable of electing the choice of the Black voters,” Senate President Pro Tempore William Brownsberger said, unveiling the draft maps alongside House Democrats on Tuesday. “We’ve rebalanced those two and also their relationship to the districts around them.”

Two new majority-minority districts would boost the number from three to five, adding to two that already exist in the Boston area and one in the Springfield area. But in order to create a Hispanic-majority district in Lawrence, Brownsberger said the “only option” was to split the town of Haverhill.

The decision is getting blowback from some voting rights groups and Rep. Andy Vargas, a Haverhill Democrat who is running for the…

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