City Clerk's Office
Every 10 years, the City changes the boundaries of election districts. These new districts have equal representation and reflect the most recent census data.
The Charter Commission and the appointed Redistricting Advisory Group work together to set the boundaries of the 13 council wards and six park districts.
The Charter Commission and Redistricting Advisory Group made these documents to explain more about how the process works.
The U.S. Census Bureau has delayed the release of 2020 census data until September 30, 2021. That means the City's redistricting process is delayed and the timeline compressed.
The Redistricting Group works with nonpartisan staff to draw maps based on census data.
The Charter Commission holds at least four public hearings. At least two of these meetings will be after:
Find the meeting details in the City's Legislative Information Management System.
The Redistricting Group revises the maps based on its review and feedback from the public.
The Redistricting Group holds a public hearing for each of the the final maps.
After the Charter Commission approves a ward map, the Commission files it with the City Clerk. The City Council cannot change these adopted ward boundaries. The Council then adopts new election precinct boundaries and polling places using the ward boundaries.
Under the Charter, the Redistricting Group must send proposed park district maps to the Park Board for review and comment before the last two public hearings. The Park Board cannot change the proposed park district boundaries. The Park Board must use the map adopted by the Charter Commission.
By law, the deadline for redistricting is March 29 — 19 weeks before the state primary.