Redistricting

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The Final Adopted Redistricting Map approved at the July 3, 2012 Formal Council meeting is available below along with a more detailed 36"x48" map and a link to an interactive mapping application.  The new district boundaries shown in these maps have been reviewed by the U.S. Department of Justice and will become effective in January 2013.

Final Adopted Redistricting Map with Analysis

Final Adopted Redistricting Map (36x48 inches)

Link to Google Map of Final Adopted Redistricting Plan (Use to find your area and determine your Council District)

Transition Map (This map shows the current Council District boundaries (solid lines) along with the new boundaries (dotted lines) effective in January 2013.)

 

UPDATE:  Friday, Oct. 12, 2012

The City of Phoenix received a letter from the Department of Justice (DOJ) today, dated October 2, "preclearing" the new Council district boundaries approved by the City Council on July 3. This allows the city to proceed with implementing the new district boundaries, which will become effective in January 2013 and will be used for all subsequent City elections.

Many thanks to City of Phoenix residents for their input and interest in the City’s redistricting process.

Redistricting will occur again after the 2020 decennial census.

UPDATE: Monday, Sept. 24, 2012

The City of Phoenix received a letter from the Department of Justice (DOJ) today, dated September 17, extending the review period for the City's redistricting effort until Monday, October 15.

The DOJ can extend the review period when supplemental information is received.  In their letter, the DOJ did not identify the supplemental information received, but did note that the information was received by August 15.   About that date, the DOJ requested and was sent additional Geographic Information System (GIS) files.  

It is possible that the City may receive a decision prior to October 15, but it is not unusual for the DOJ to use the entire extension period.  Please note that the Council Districts are scheduled to become effective in January 2013, so the City should have a decision prior to this date.  

Thank you for your continued interest in the City's redistricting process.  Please email us at redistricting@phoenix.gov with any questions or call us at 602-256-4357.

UPDATE: Friday, July 27, 2012

The Final Adopted Redistricting Map approved at the July 3, 2012 Formal Council meeting is available below along with a more detailed 36"x48" map and a link to an interactive mapping application.  The new district boundaries shown in these maps must be approved by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Final Adopted Redistricting Map with Analysis

Final Adopted Redistricting Map (36x48 inches)

Link to Google Map of Final Adopted Redistricting Plan (Use to find your area and determine your Council District)

UPDATE: Thursday, July 5, 2012

The reconsideration motion was approved at the July 3 Formal Council Meeting and the June 19th Alternate Map was subsequently approved by the City Council.  These new district boundaries will be effective in January 2013 pending U.S. Department of Justice approval. 

UPDATE: Thursday, June 21, 2012

The statistical analysis for the alternate map presented at the June 19 Council Meeting is below.  A reconsideration motion regarding the redistricting item has been filed and the motion for reconsideration will be heard at the July 3 Formal Council Meeting.  This meeting will begin at 1 p.m. in the City Council Chambers located at 200 W. Jefferson St.

June 19th Alternate Map and Analysis

UPDATE: Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The City Council adopted the recommended redistricting plan on Tuesday, June 19.  That map can be found under the June 14, 2012 update.  The map immediately below includes proposed modifications to the adopted redistricting map presented at the June 19 Council meeting.  At this meeting, the Council requested that staff perform a statistical analysis on the proposed modifications.  The statistical analysis for this map will be posted as soon as it is available.  

Proposed modifications to Council Approved Redistricting Map

UPDATE: Friday, June 14, 2012

Below is the recommended redistricting plan.  This plan was developed using resident feedback and population analysis to meet federal redistricting guidelines.  The plan will be presented to the Phoenix City Council at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, during the Policy Session at the Phoenix Council Chambers located at 200 W. Jefferson St.  The meeting can be viewed live on PHX11 or streaming via phoenix.gov.  After the plan is adopted, it must be pre-cleared by the U.S. Department of Justice, which usually takes at least 60 days.  Upon pre-clearance, the new City Council district boundaries will take effect by January 2013 for the 2013 Council Election.  For additional information or redistricting-related questions, call 602-256-4357 or email redistricting@phoenix.gov.  

Recommended Redistricting Plan

Recommended Redistricting Plan (36x48 inches)

Consultant's Final Report

Information on Phoenix's Redistricting Process

The United States Constitution (Article 1, Section 2) requires a count of residents in each state be taken every 10 years (known as the census) to determine the amount of representation each state receives in the U.S. Congress as well as direct taxes.  The state of Arizona and the city of Phoenix also require that representation and district boundaries be adjusted every 10 years, according to population size – referred to as “redistricting”.  During the redistricting process, the city of Phoenix uses current census information to adjust council area boundaries so that each has approximately an equal population size.  The city of Phoenix is divided into eight council districts, each represented by a council member.

Data and information about the redistricting process is available by clicking on the links to the left of your screen.  

Review the answers to some frequently asked questions.
Review a map of the current City Council districts.

In July 2010, the City Council adopted a schedule and plan for redistricting that is similar to prior processes used in the past, including contracting with a consultant to provide redistricting services.

The city redistricting plan will be completed in five phases.

Phase 1:  December 2011 through January 2012 – The consultant prepares a database and analyzes federal census data, prepares a mapping application and presents the data and redistricting process to the City Council.

Phase 2:  January through April 2012 – A technical forum will be conducted on the details of the mapping process and requirements, and public meetings will be held in each Council District to provide information to residents about the process and plan submission as well as gather input.  Redistricting information kits will be distributed and residents may submit input on communities of interest and the proposed plans.  Finally, the consultant will evaluate proposed plans and input and develop four to five alternative proposals.

During February and March, 2012, an online Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping tool will be available that will allow residents to draw proposed boundary lines on a web-based program, see statistical data on the proposed boundaries and submit plans for review and analysis by the consultant.  This mapping application also offers residents the opportunity to comment on submitted plans.  For those without Internet access, the redistricting consultant will provide materials for hand-drawn proposals.

Phase 3:  April through May 2012 – Alternative proposed plans will be presented to the City Council at a public meeting and public meetings will be conducted in each district for input.  Upon completion of the public meetings, the consultant will prepare a summary report, including public comments.

Phase 4:  June 2012 – The consultant will analyze input from the public and City Council and prepare a final proposed plan(s).  The final plan will be presented to City Council at a public meeting and the City Council will adopt a redistricting plan.

Phase 5:  Fall 2012 through January 2013 – The approved plan will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for Voting Rights Act (Section 5) pre-clearance.  Once pre-cleared by the Department of Justice, the new districts will become effective and used for the regular Council Election in August 2013.  

For additional information regarding the redistricting process or public meetings, call 602-256-4357 or email redistricting@phoenix.gov.


Redistricting Presentation
The video below provides an overview of the city's redistricting process.  It was played at each of the public meetings held during February.  

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If you have any questions on the video or the process, contact the Redistricting Hotline at 602-256-4357.