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Final City Council District Plan passed by the Seattle Redistricting Commission on 11.08.2022

Image of current city council boundaries with Current written in large white letters on a dark gray background     Final City Council District Plan

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You Will Vote for Councilmembers Based on New District Boundaries in the November Election

District boundary changes go into effect January 2024 and you will vote for Councilmembers based on your new boundary, if it changed. Nothing has changed for the current City Council. All of the current Councilmembers will keep representing the same people along the same district boundaries until their terms end.

In 2023, seven of the nine City Council seats will be up for election. Candidates will be running for office based on the newly developed district boundaries. When they take office in January 2024, they will be representing people based on the new district boundaries.

Rules for Redrawing Districts

District boundaries will be drawn in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, including but not limited to the following rules. 

City Charter Subdivision D. COUNCIL REDISTRICTING (3) and RCW 29A.76.010(4):

  • Boundaries shall be drawn to make districts that are as compact as possible and geographically contiguous.
  • Districts shall not be gerrymandered, and population data may not be used for purposes of favoring or disfavoring any racial group or political party.
  • Districts shall be as nearly equal in population as possible to each other; the population of the largest district shall not exceed the population of the smallest district by more than one percent [of the population of the smallest district].This means that the largest district’s population must be no greater than 1% of the smallest district’s population.
  • The new City Council district boundaries will not be based on the residence of any person. In drawing their map, the Commission and GIS consultants shall not consider the residence of any person.
  • To the extent practical, new boundaries shall follow existing district boundaries.
  • To the extent feasible, new boundaries shall follow recognized waterways and geographic boundaries.
  • To the extent possible, new boundaries shall preserve Seattle communities and neighborhoods.

Seattle Redistricting Commission

Pursuant to the Seattle City Charter, the Seattle Redistricting Commission is responsible for overseeing the development of new City Council electoral district boundaries based on the recently completed 2020 federal Census data.