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COUNCILMANIC REDISTRICTING 2021

Population and Housing Census data are released every 10 years and during that time, Howard County redraws Council District boundaries to reflect population changes and shifts which have been identified from the findings. This web page will help you to learn about the process, why we are required to do it, and its potential impact and benefits.

Frequently Asked Questions

This web page is designed to help you to learn more about the redistricting process and how you can provide input. Please click here for more information.

Why Redistrict?

Article II, Section 202(f) of the Howard County Code requires that the Council appoint a Councilmanic Redistricting Commission by April 1st of the year after each decennial census date. The most recent Commission was appointed on February 3, 2021.

How is the Commission created?

On February 3, 2021, the County Council adopted Council Resolution No. 15-2021, appointing the members of the Commission. The Commission includes seven members: three members named by the Central Committees of each political party that polled at least 25% of the total vote for the Office of the County Executive in the last preceding general election, and a Chairperson, all appointed by the County Council. The Council also appointed two alternates to the Commission.

What is the time line for the process?

The County Charter requires the County Council to set a date by Resolution following the appointment of the Councilmanic Redistricting Commission by which the Commission must prepare a plan of Councilmanic Districts and present the plan to the County Council. The County Charter also requires the County Council to set a date by which if no ordinance re-establishing the boundaries of the Councilmanic Districts has been enacted, the plan submitted by the Commission to the County Council becomes law.

The U.S. Census Bureau announced a delay in the release of census results to the states. Accordingly, the Council has tabled Council Resolution No. 35-2021, that establishes a timeline for the redistricting process, pending receipt of additional information regarding the delivery of census data needed to prepare a plan of Councilmanic Districts. It is expected that the Councilmanic Redistricting Commission will receive the data to prepare a plan of Councilmanic Districts by Fall, 2021

What are the guidelines for the new districts?

Council districts should be compact, contiguous, substantially equal in population, and have common interest as a result of geography, occupation, history, or existing boundaries. The Board of Supervisors of Elections will take any necessary steps to implement any revisions of the Council District Boundaries that are adopted.

Office of Law presentation - Redistricting Legal Principles

Redistricting Information

No data at this time.

Schedule of Events (as of August 3, 2021)

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Date and Time Location Subject Agenda Minutes Meeting Materials Video
March 16, 2021  4:00pm Virtual Meeting Meeting Agenda Minutes Office of Law Presentation Video
June 15, 2021  4:00pm Virtual Meeting Meeting Agenda Minutes DPZ Presentation Video
July 27, 2021  4:00pm Virtual Meeting Meeting Agenda Minutes   Video
August 16, 2021   Projected date for U.S. Census Bureau’s release of 2020 census data to the States        
August 17, 2021 7:00pm Virtual Meeting Public Hearing #1 (Brief public on process, status of data release and schedule, and receive public input on process) Agenda Minutes   Video
September 14, 2021 4:00 pm Virtual Meeting Work Session #1 (Map Drafting) Agenda Minutes *Summary Data Presentation Video
September 20, 2021   Projected date for MD’s release of U.S. Census data adjusted for reallocation of prisoner population to home jurisdictions        
September 30, 2021   Projected date for the U.S. Census Bureau’s release of redistricting data tool kit        
September 30, 2021 4:00pm Banneker Room Work Session #2 (Map Drafting) Agenda Minutes   Video
October 12, 2021 4:00pm Banneker Room Work Session #3 (Commissioner presentations of proposed maps and selection of up to three maps for public comment) Agenda     Video
October 26, 2021 7:00pm Banneker Room Public Hearing #2 on proposed maps Agenda     WebEx Link to view

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October 29, 2021   The public is encouraged to submit their written comments to the Commission on the proposed maps by this date in order to permit full consideration of their comments in advance of the Commission’s November 2, 2021 Work Session        
November 2, 2021 4:00pm Banneker Room Work Session #4 (Deliberations)        
November 9, 2021 4:00pm Banneker Room Work Session #5 (Finalize and Adopt Commission Map)        
November 22, 2021   Present Howard County Councilmanic Redistricting Commission Plan to the County Council via email transmittal        

 

Current Councilmanic Districts

2020 Adjusted Census Blocks & Councilmanic District Map

2010 – 2020 Howard County Population Growth in Current Council Districts

Redistricting Proposals

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Plan A
Plan B
Plan C
Plan D

2011 Final Redistricting Report
2011 Final District Census Blocks