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Redistricting

About the Redistricting Process

 

State and federal laws require cities, counties and states to reassess voting districts to account for population shifts every 10 years following the US Census. This is to ensure effective and fair representation.  

The last time Tacoma reassessed its voting districts was in 2012. Because the 2020 Census was delayed due to the pandemic, we are going through this process this year.

On February 22, 2022, the City Council was presented with three preliminary draft scenarios for what this could look like. With regard to meeting our population goals, there were two major objectives:

  • Ensure an equal number of Tacoma residents across its five districts to ensure equal representation by the City Council, using data from the 2020 Census. This requires careful balancing of population numbers with other key factors like physical boundaries, such as traffic arterials and parks, as well as community hubs, business centers and natural boundaries such as waterways and hills.
     
  • Maintain continuity of existing communities wherever possible, and minimize shifting of people into different districts to keep communities intact. As a part of this process, it's important to carefully consider communities that share common social or economic interests that should be included within a single district for the purpose of effective representation.
 

February 22, 2022 Study Session Presentation on Redistricting Process

 

Tacoma 2022 Redistricting Process Scenario 1
  Tacoma 2022 Redistricting Process Scenario 2
   Tacoma 2022 Redistricting Process Scenario 3
Scenario 1 
This scenario prioritizes natural boundaries, specifically road arterials and highways. It leaves Tacoma looking very similar to what it looks like today. 
  Scenario 2
In this scenario, the focus is on state voting precincts, which are subdivisions of an electoral district. This one includes a change in District 4 and District 5 that follows those boundaries. 
   
Scenario 3
Prioritizing federal census block groups, which are the federal boundaries used to divide populations into relatively equal areas, this scenario has a few more changes than Scenario 1 and Scenario 2. 

 

Once the City Council has provided feedback on the three preliminary draft scenarios, staff will work to incorporate that feedback and update each draft scenario so community members can weigh in as well. 

Redistricting Process Timeline

 

February 22, 2022
City Council is presented with three preliminary draft scenarios.

April 2022 - August 2022
City Council provides feedback for staff to incorporate as they work to update those three preliminary draft scenarios for presentation to community members. Community members have an opportunity to review those three updated draft scenarios – which now include City Council feedback – and submit their comments and suggestions. The maps are considered by the Government, Performance and Finance Committee, which will recommend one draft to move forward for final Council consideration. 

October 2022
City Council considers comments and suggestions provided by community members, makes amendments as needed, and adopts a final draft scenario. 

Start Date TBD – November 15, 2022
A third party reviews the final draft scenario chosen by the City Council, to make sure Tacoma is meeting state and federal legal requirements. If the final draft scenario is determined to have met state and federal legal requirements, it then gets submitted to the Pierce County Auditor.                      

Submit Comments and Suggestions

Let us know what you think. There are several opportunities to weigh in.

In Person

The City Council meets every Tuesday at 5 PM in the Tacoma Municipal Building Council Chambers (747 Market Street, 1st floor). Agenda items and recordings of these meetings are available at cityoftacoma.legistar.com. During City Council meetings, there are two opportunities to comment:

  • You can share Public Comment at a regular meeting relating to items on the agenda.
  • You can comment on anything the City Council has jurisdiction over at Community Forum, on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month. 

Mail
Mail your written comments to: 

Rosa McLeod
Government Relations Office

Tacoma Municipal Building

747 Market St., Room 1520
Tacoma, WA 98402

Virtual Information Sessions
Details will be posted here, when those details are available.

Social Media
Use #tacomaredistricting and tag @cityoftacoma or comment on our official social media channels to share your thoughts. We’re on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Phone
Dial 311 from within Tacoma city limits, or (253) 591-5000 from anywhere else. 

Email
redistricting@cityoftacoma.org