Preliminary Draft Council District Maps
The Districting Redistrfiting Committee has released preliminary draft council district maps based on the 2020 U.S. Census. Three preliminary maps have been recommended and are designed to serve as a springboard for committee discussion and public input.
Redistricting happens every 10 years as required by the U.S. Constitution. It is not something that just happens, and many do not notice, at least until after it is over. But, you as a voter should care. For us in Edmonds will see this happen during the rest of this year. As for Edmonds, our population grew a bit and most of the individuals coming to Edmonds have settled in the downtown bowl area.
Public input is desired and can be provided in-person or remotely on Wednesday, Sep. 22. See the Next Districting Committee Meeting and Get Involved sections of this page on how to participate.
The Snohomish County Redistricting Committee is drawing county council districts to reflect the 2020 Census data. Every ten years boundaries of county council districts are updated to reflect how populations have changed.
State law requires that the plan for the redrawn council district boundaries be consistent with the following criteria:
- Each internal director, council, or commissioner district shall be as nearly equal in population.
- Each district shall be as compact as possible.
- Each district shall consist of geographically contiguous area.
- Population data may not be used for purposes of favoring or disfavoring any racial group or political party.
- To the extent feasible, the district boundaries shall coincide with existing recognized natural boundaries
- To the extent possible, the district boundaries shall preserve existing communities of related and mutual interest.
- The council appoints four members to a districting committee, two from each of the largest major political party.
- The four council-appointed members select a fifth member to serve as chair.
- The districting committee selects a districting master who is qualified to redraw the district lines consistent with the legal criteria.
- The districting master draws the districting plan.
- The districting committee holds a public hearing on the districting plan.
- The districting committee adopts the submitted or amended districting plan, with any amendments requiring four affirmative votes.
- The districting committee files the plan with the county council.
- The county council adopts the submitted or amended plan, with any amendments requiring four affirmative votes. Amendments are also limited to include no more than 1% of the population in any district.