From a September 17, 2021, Snohomish County press release.
Every ten years boundaries for county council districts are updated to reflect how populations have changed based on the most recent U.S Census. The independent County Districting Committee has until December 1st to approve a plan for new council districts.
The Snohomish County Districting Committee has released preliminary draft council district maps based on the 2020 Census data.
They are eager to hear from the public regarding how the draft maps impact communities of related and mutual interest. Maps are designed to serve as a springboard for committee discussion and public input.
The next opportunity to provide in-person or remote public comment will be on Wednesday, September 22nd, at 4:00 pm.
The draft council district maps currently out for public comment aim to equalize population between districts, keep tribal lands and incorporated cities in single council districts, preserve voting precincts, and minimize changes for county residents.
You can view the draft council district maps on the Snohomish County Districting Committee webpage (https://www.snohomishcountywa.gov/5773/).
Under state law, the council districts created based on the 2020 Census data shall:
- Be nearly equal in population.
- Be as compact as possible.
- Consist of geographically contiguous area.
- Not use population data to favor or disfavor any racial group or political party.
- Be drawn so that boundaries coincide with existing recognized natural boundaries.
- Preserve existing communities of related and mutual interest.
The Districting Committee consists of five voting members. Four voting members, two from each major political party, were appointed by the Snohomish County Council and the fifth member was appointed by the committee to serve as chair.
The chair of the redistricting committee is Kurt Hilt.
The Democrat members of the redistricting committee are Hillary Moralez and Bill Phillips.
The Republican members of the redistricting committee are Jim Langston and Sid Roberts.