The 2020 census counts are in, and Peoria’s population has grown to 190,985, an increase of more than 35,000 residents since 2010. As such, the city of Peoria has started the federally mandated redistricting process to redraw district boundaries.
“Peoria’s district system helps voters ensure that the councilmember they elect to represent them is a vital part of their community,” Mayor Cathy Carlat said.
“I encourage all citizens to become involved in the important redistricting process. Multiple public meetings will be held, and online mapping software is available to assist you in drawing your personal map preferences. I’m excited to begin this citizen-centric project that gives voters a voice in the democratic process.”
Last week the U.S. Census Bureau released 2020 population data, triggering a redistricting process for municipalities with council districts. As required by federal law, redistricting is the process of adjusting voting district boundaries in accordance with population shifts from 2020 census data. Peoria must submit the proposed city council district boundaries by the end of 2021. New city council district boundaries will be in effect for the August and November 2022 elections.
Although the delay in census data reporting will shorten the timeframe for the redistricting process this year, Peoria residents will have many opportunities to participate in the process. Starting in October, Peoria will host in-person and virtual open house events so residents can learn about the redistricting requirements and the online mapping software that will be used to help rebalance the city council districts.
Using this mapping software, Peoria residents can create and submit their own district maps to the city for consideration. The following are the dates and locations of those open houses.
•5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, at Copper Hills Church, 27035 Black Rock Boulevard.
•5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, at Rio Vista Recreation Center, 8866 W. Thunderbird Road.
•5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, at Peoria Community Center, 8335 W. Jefferson Street.
•10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Oct. 14, at Pop-Up Peoria, 9828 W. Northern Avenue, Suite 1750. A virtual link will be available for this meeting at peoriaaz.gov/redistricting.
•5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, at Copper Hills Church, 27035 Black Rock Boulevard.
•5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, at Rio Vista Recreation Center, 8866 W. Thunderbird Road.
•5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, at Peoria Community Center, 8335 W. Jefferson Street.
•Thursday, Nov. 18, 10 a.m. to noon, at Pop-Up Peoria, 9828 W. Northern Avenue, Suite 1750. A virtual link will be available for this meeting at peoriaaz.gov/redistricting.