Seattle Redistricting Commission invites participation in public forums

The Seattle Redistricting Commission is currently examining how to redraw the boundaries of Seattle’s seven City Council Districts and is inviting community members to learn about the process and provide feedback at upcoming public forums. Individual forums are scheduled for each City Council District. At these meetings, Seattle Redistricting Commissioners will educate community members about the redistricting process and present interactive maps that detail draft boundary changes and how they may impact specific districts. Meetings will be hybrid (available both online and in-person) and members of the public will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback directly to the Commission.

“The commissioners need your input and guidance on what considerations are most important to your community in your City Council Districts,” said Eliseo Juarez, Chair of the Seattle Redistricting Commission. “Should it most closely follow hills and waterways or be as compact as possible? Should it seek to preserve historic community areas in single districts? We need your participation to inform how we create a final map that represents every neighborhood and community fairly for the next decade.”

The Seattle Redistricting Commission is an independent, non-partisan body of five appointed Seattle residents responsible for redrawing the new Council District boundaries to reflect the city’s population growth. The commission follows City Charter mandated criteria using geographic information system (GIS) expertise and the latest 2020 Census data to draw new boundaries and produce districts that are approximately equal in population. To the extent practical, the Commission must also consider additional factors, such as following existing district boundaries, recognizing waterways and geographic boundaries, and acknowledging Seattle’s communities and neighborhoods.

According to the 2020 Census, Seattle’s population is 737,015, a growth of 21.1% since 2010. The redistricting process will ensure that, by the 2023 election cycle, each Seattle Council District will include approximately 105,288 people. To achieve this number, the Commission will redraw the boundary lines of all districts, expanding Districts 1, 2, 5, and 6 and contracting Districts 3, 4, and 7. 

  • District 1 Public Forum: May 15, 2022 from 1:00pm-3:00pm
    Physical Location: Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Avenue, Boards & Commissions Room L280
    Virtual Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81346766847
  • District 2 Public Forum: May 19, 2022 from 5:30pm-7:30pm
    Physical Location: Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Avenue, Boards & Commissions Room L280
    Virtual Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81813406544
  • District 3 Public Forum: June 2, 2022 from 1:00pm-3:00pm
    Physical Location: Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Avenue, Bertha Knight Landes Room
    Virtual Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82983603669
  • District 4 Public Forum: June 9, 2022 from 5:30pm-7:30pm
    Physical Location: Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Avenue, Bertha Knight Landes Room
    Virtual Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82217028349
  • District 5 Public Forum: June 16, 2022 from 5:30pm-7:30pm
    Physical Location: Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Avenue, Boards & Commissions Room L280
    Virtual Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85403374640
  • District 6 Public Forum: July 14, 2022 from 5:30pm-7:30pm
    Physical Location: Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Avenue, Bertha Knight Landes Room
    Virtual Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82177793287
  • District 7 Public Forum: July 21, 2022 from 5:30pm-7:30pm
    Physical Location: Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Avenue, Boards & Commissions Room L280
    Virtual Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86215361885

If you are unable to attend a public forum, you can also participate in the process by viewing draft maps and submitting public comment at https://www.seattle.gov/redistricting/how-to-participate

If you would like more information or to request interpretation services for any of the public forums, please contact Elsa Batres-Boni at [email protected] or (206) 256-6198.

Article Source: News from City of Seattle