Welcome to the City of Milwaukee 2011 Redistricting Web Page. This page is brought to you by the Office of the City Clerk. It is designed to provide information about the redistricting process and keep you up-to-date as the Milwaukee Common Council revises election wards and aldermanic districts as required by federal and state law.
June 12, 2012 - The Common Council adopted further technical revisions to the voting wards and aldermanic districts which were recommended by the Judiciary and Legislation Committee on June 4, 2012.
September 20, 2011 - The Common Council adopted the technical revisions to the voting wards and aldermanic districts which were recommended by the Judiciary and Legislation Committee on September 12.
September 12, 2011 - The Judiciary and Legislation Committee approved technical revisions to the voting wards and aldermanic districts adopted by the Common Council on July 6. Minor adjustments to wards and district boundaries were needed to state assembly and senate districts drawn by the Wisconsin Legislature. Information about these changes can be found in Resolution File 110474 and Ordinance File 110475.
July 6, 2011 - Common Council adopts Plan A
June 27, 2011 - Judiciary and Legislation Committee recommends Plan A to the Common Council
June 20, 2011 - Two Redistricting Plans Advance to Committee | Plan A Map | Plan B Map
June 14, 2011 - Common Council Defeats Plan to Shrink to 13 Districts
June 14, 2011 - Session Moved Up to Draw Trial Aldermanic Districts
June 1, 2011 - LRB Announces “Draw Your Own Districts"
June 1, 2011 - LRB Releases Preliminary Aldermanic District Plan
May 24, 2011 - Common Council Adopts Voting Ward Plan
May 24, 2011 - Ald. Dudzik Introduces Plan to Reduce Council from 15 to 13 Members
May 16, 2011 - Judiciary and Legislation Committee Recommends Voting Ward Plan
May 10, 2011 - City Establishes Redistricting Timetable
The Redistricting Process
The United States conducts a census of the entire population every 10 years. This information is used for many purposes, including the distribution of federal and state revenues and the drawing of boundaries for election districts at the federal, state and local levels.
Wisconsin law requires that once the census data becomes available, local governments and the state legislature are required to adjust the boundaries of election districts so that they are as equal as possible in population.
The U.S. Census Bureau is required to distribute detailed 2010 census data to the 50 states no later than April 1, 2011. This begins the local redistricting process. Counties are first required to develop a tentative supervisory district plan for their county boards. After that, municipalities are required to revise the boundaries of election wards and then their city council districts. Subsequently, school districts and the state legislature are also required to update the boundaries of their election districts.
For the City of Milwaukee the redistricting process will be overseen by the Common Council’s Judiciary and Legislation Committee. They will be supported by Legislative Reference Bureau staff trained in geographic information systems and redistricting laws and procedures. Final election wards and aldermanic districts will be adopted by the Common Council.
The attached document summarizes the redistricting process in greater detail.
Local redistricting began when the State of Wisconsin distributed census data to the 72 counties. Milwaukee County received the census data from the State on March 21, 2011. The County then had 60 days to adopt a tentative supervisory district plan and submit it to the municipalities within the County. The City of Milwaukee received the tentative County plan on May 9, 2011, and had 60 days from then to adopt a new plan for the City’s election wards. The Common Council adopted a ward plan on May 24, 2011, and will have 60 days after the Mayor approves the plan to adopt new aldermanic districts, using the wards as the building blocks.
On June 27, 2011, the Judiciary and Legislation Committee recommended an aldermanic district plan to the Common Council. The Council adopted the recommended plan on July 6, 2011. The plan takes effect with the spring 2012 local elections.
NOTE: The Wisconsin State Legislature has adopted new Assembly and Senate districts that will require minor adjustments to the voting wards and aldermanic districts adopted by the Common Council on July 6. It is anticipated that these changes will be made in September, 2011.
Demographic Data: What Does the 2010 Census Tell Us About the City of Milwaukee?
2010 Total City Population: 594,833 (a 0.4% decrease from 2000)
Black or African American: 40.0%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 17.3%
Citywide Population Density by Voting Ward (map)
Citywide Population Change by Voting Ward (map)
LRB Memo: City-wide Population Density and Change by Ward; Population Equality by Aldermanic District
Citywide Race and Ethnic Populations by Voting Ward (map)
LRB Chart: Percent of Population and Voting Age Population by Race and Ethnicity by Aldermanic District
Citywide White Population by Voting Ward (map)
Citywide Black Population by Voting Ward (map)
Citywide Hispanic Population by Voting Ward (map)
Citywide Asian Population by Voting Ward (map)
LRB Memo: Percent Change in Population by Race and Ethnicity by Aldermanic District
Citywide Population Change by Aldermanic District (map)
Citywide Deviation from Ideal Population by Aldermanic District (map)
A Closer Look at Each Aldermanic District:
More demographic data will be added to this web page as it becomes available.
Questions about redistricting?