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Redistricting

About the Project

Go to the redistricting engagement portal here, and take the redistricting survey here

With the completion of the 2020 U.S. Census, the population balance of the City’s wards must be reviewed and the boundaries redrawn (if needed) to ensure that wards are close to equal in population and meet other requirements. The City has contracted with FLO Analytics to conduct the review and redistricting process and develop ward boundary maps that meet constitutional and statutory requirements as well as any additional criteria established by the City Council. Bloom Planning will assist with community education and engagement on the process on behalf of the City and FLO. The Council will consider and adopt new boundaries in January which will be effective for the November 2022 City Election.

Community Engagement Sessions
On Zoom

Thursday, October 21, 2021
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Register in advance for this meeting:*
Registration

ASL, Spanish and Amharic Interperators will be live plus all materials will also be available in Spanish and Amharic

Agenda

  • General overview of the redistricting process
  • Mapping Tools
  • Comment Form
  • Survey

*After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Thursday, December 2, 2021
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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Register

*After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Agenda

  • View Draft Redistricting Maps
  • Provide Feedback on Maps

Engagement Session Flyers

Governance for redistricting of Takoma Park’s wards is provided in the City Charter:

City Charter, The Council, Section 301(c): The City of Takoma Park shall be divided into six (6) wards for municipal voting purposes. Each ward shall be compact in form, composed of adjoining territory, and have a substantially equal population. The ward boundaries shall be established by ordinance and shall be reviewed after each decennial census. The boundary descriptions of the six (6) wards shall be kept on file for public view at all times in the office of the City Clerk.

City Charter, General Powers of the Council, Section 401(b): Ward Redistricting. To provide for the redistricting of the wards of the City; provided, however, that the number of wards shall be as set forth in this charter, wards shall be as nearly equal in population as is practical and apportioned consistently with the principle of one person/one vote, wards shall be geographically contiguous, ward boundaries shall to the extent practical recognize natural boundaries, and no ward shall be gerrymandered to ensure the election or defeat of any incumbent candidate or potential candidate.

The generally accepted standard for substantially equal populations is that the difference in population between the largest and smallest district (or ward) should not exceed 10%. Additionally, the City should not take any action, intentional or otherwise, that would reduce minority voting power or limit the ability of minority candidates to obtain public office.

Two community meetings are planned to inform residents about the process and invite their participation. The first meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 21. The second meeting will take place on December 2, where residents will provide input on draft maps. The meetings will be held over Zoom, streamed on YouTube and recorded.

Project Lead & Contact Info

City Clerk
Jessie Carpenter, CMC
7500 Maple Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912
P 301-891-7267 | M 240-723-0437
Email: jessiec@takomaparkmd.gov

 

Go to the engagement portal here

FAQs

Why does redistricting matter to me?
Redistricting determines which neighborhoods and communities are grouped together into a district for purposes of electing a Council member. The City will seek input in selecting the next ward map for our wards. You have an opportunity to share how you think ward boundaries should be drawn to best represent your community.

You can use the comment form to submit questions or other comments about the process.

How can I get involved?
The City will be holding both public meetings and community engagement sessions to receive public input on where ward lines should be drawn. As dates are determined for meetings, that information will be posted to this page. Please continue to check this website for updates throughout the redistricting process and how to get involved.

Project Info & Timeline

Tentative Redistricting Schedule:

  • Wednesday, September 22, 2021, City Council Meeting – Presentation and Discussion of Redistricting Criteria
  • Wednesday, September 29, 2021, City Council Meeting – Resolution Adopting Redistricting Criteria
  • Thursday, October 21, 2021, Community Engagement Meeting #1 – Information about Redistricting and Communities of Interest (7 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, November 10, 2021, City Council Meeting – Presentation of Preliminary Ward Map Options
  • Thursday, December 2, 2021, Community Engagement Meeting #2 – Public Review and Comment on Preliminary Ward Map Options (7 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, January 12, 2022, Public Hearing and Work Session on Proposed Maps
  • Wednesday, January 19, 2022, First Reading Ordinance Adopting Redistricting Plan
  • Wednesday, January 26, 2022, Second Reading Ordinance Adopting Redistricting Plan

 

Budget & Funding Source

The City Council has budgeted up to $50,000 for the redistricting process.

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