Why is the City considering new Council Districts/redistricting?

The City is considering new Council Districts due to population changes that resulted from the 2020 Census. The U.S. Voting Rights Act and the 1987 lawsuit settlement, which affected the electoral structure, require the five Council Districts to remain in place and the redistricting to take place following receipt of the census reports every ten years.

The boundary changes are required to have nearly equal districts based on the 2020 Census population data. For five districts, the goal of each district is 22,630 people with a maximum deviation of 5% [21,498 to 23,761]. To reach the goal of 22,630 people, the 1st District would need to expand by 3,938 people, the 2nd District would need to grow by 1,555 people, the 3rd District would need to grow by 1,113 people, the 4th District would need to contract by 1,329 people and the 5th District would need to contract by 5,568 people.

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1. What is the City's current form of government?
2. What is the City's current method of election?
3. Why is the City considering new Council Districts/redistricting?
4. What action has the City taken this year regarding redistricting?
5. What criteria will be used to determine potential District boundaries?
6. What is the lawsuit that everyone refer to regarding the number and method of election of Council Members?
7. Who decides the boundaries and numbers of Council Districts?
8. Who decides on the method for electing Council and the form of government (number and type of Council Members)?
9. What are the options?
10. How would the boundaries be changed?
11. What is the process to change the number of districts, method of electing, and/or the form of government (number and type of Council Members)?
12. When is the next election for Council Members? Is the election for at-large or district Members?
13. What are the next steps in the Redistricting process?