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How to Testify on Redistricting in Boston

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We encourage the public to weigh in during the City Council redistricting process. Below are the options for sharing your thoughts on the record:


Choose how you want to participate

There are a few different ways that you can put your testimony on the record. You can:

  • send an email
  • record and submit a video, or
  • participate in an open session.

All formal testimony, written or spoken, that is provided in another language will be accepted and translated for the benefit of the Council. Speakers testifying live are welcome to bring another person to translate their testimony in English in real time. You will be accorded extra time if you choose to do so.  All speakers are welcome to testify in their preferred language, however, even if without interpretation. The Council will ensure translation after the fact.


Send us an email

You can email public testimony on any aspect of redistricting. Please include in your message your name and affiliation. Written testimony will be made a part of the hearing file and made available to all councilors.

Email the committee directly at or the City Council Central Staff Redistricting Lead,

You can reach all City Councilors at city.council@boston.govYou can also send your email to a specific councilor. You can find their contact information in their profiles.



Record and upload a video

Record a two-minute video of your testimony. After you finish recording your video, complete our form to submit your video for an upcoming hearing:

  • If your video is submitted more than two (2) business days in advance of the relevant session, it will be played then.
  • If your video is submitted later, it will be added to the record and made available to all councilors.

Video testimony online form


Or testify live

Public testimony will be taken throughout the redistricting process. Check our webpage for upcoming meetings and hearings. 

Testifying in person:

If you have not testified at a City Council hearing before, please arrive five (5) minutes before the call of the hearing to sign up and become familiar with:

  • the hearing format
  • testimony locations, and
  • the sound system.

Please bring fifteen (15) copies of any written documentation you wish to present at the hearing. 

Testifying virtually:

Members of the public wishing to testify virtually via video conference should email for a link and instructions.

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