RACINE – The city council passed the new electoral district map on Tuesday after a long and sometimes controversial process.
The vote to accept the ten-year changes to the Aldermanic district boundaries was unanimous. City councilors Melissa Lemke and Edwin Santiago were absent.
The card will become official on January 1, 2022. However, for the purposes of the spring election, and taking into account those candidates who can start collecting signatures in December to be on the ballot, the card will be deemed official on Dec 1.
District maps at the local, county, state, and federal levels are updated every 10 years following the ten-year US census.
On site, the city councils are drawn in such a way that each city council represents roughly the same number of people, around 5,188 inhabitants for the current population.
An ad hoc committee of councilors recognized the districts and worked with the county during the reconciliation process. This was new to the council as most of the work in recent years has been done by city staff.
City Council President John Tate II chaired the ad hoc committee and called it a rewarding experience.
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“This has been an insightful, educational and challenging process, especially given the schedule,” he said. “But I think we have produced something that ultimately serves our electorate well in terms of representation and can reasonably be understood by most people where boundaries begin.”
Going forward, Tate said he was interested in making ordinances that would guide the process for future councilors.
District 1: Districts 1, 2, 3
District 3: Districts 6, 7, 8
District 6: Districts 13, 14, 15
District 7: Districts 16, 17, 18
District 8: Districts 19, 20, 21
District 9: Districts 22, 23, 24
District 10: Districts 25, 26
District 11: Districts 27, 28, 29
District 12: Districts 30, 31, 32
District 13: Districts 33, 34
District 14: Districts 35, 36
District 15: Districts 37, 38
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