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Welcome to the City of Milwaukee 2021 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.


Latest News

January 18, 2022: The Common Council adopted Aldermanic District Map A, and Acting Mayor Cavalier Johnson signed the map.
Aldermanic Districts Map A
Aldermanic Districts Map A (Printable Version)
Aldermanic Districts Map A Demographics


April 2022: Revised Ward Plan in the Works
New Ward Population Data Following State Mandated Ward Splits
The Common Council is preparing to establish a revised ward plan after the Wisconsin State Supreme Court adopted the Republican drawn maps approved by the state Legislature. Because by law the city cannot have a ward that contains two or more Assembly districts, wards must be revised to ensure there are no conflicts. The revised ward plan will be considered during the Judiciary and Legislation Committee meeting on May 2, and if approved will be before the full Common Council for adoption on May 10. 


May 2022: Adopted Ward Plan Map
 


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.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the release of census data to the 50 states and, through them, local municipalities, was significantly delayed. When this data was received, the local redistricting process began. 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 was overseen by the Common Council’s Judiciary and Legislation Committee. They were supported by Legislative Reference Bureau staff trained in geographic information systems and redistricting laws and procedures. 

To view past information please click here: Redistricting2011.
 


Timeline

November 15, 2021: Ward maps were taken up by the Judiciary and Legislation Committee.

November 17, 2021: The Common Council adopted the final voting wards map at a special meeting.

November 19, 2021: Judiciary and Legislation Committee chair Alderman Ashanti Hamilton shared the proposed district map during a special bilingual redistricting town hall meeting.

November 22, 2021: The Judiciary and Legislation Committee held a special meeting to hear public testimony on proposed Aldermanic District Map A.

November 23, 2021: Common Council adopted Aldermanic District Map A.

December 6, 2021: Mayor Tom Barrett vetoed Aldermanic District Map A.

December 14, 2021: Common Council sustained Mayoral veto.

January 10, 2022: The Judiciary and Legislation Committee recommended adoption of Aldermanic District Map A.

January 18, 2022: The Common Council adopted Aldermanic District Map A, and Acting Mayor Cavalier Johnson signed the map.

April 2022: Wisconsin State Supreme Court adopted the Republican drawn maps approved by the state Legislature

May 2, 2022: Judiciary and Legislation Committee will consider revised ward plan. 

May10, 2022: Common Council to consider revised ward plan. 


Demographic Data: What Does the 2020 Census Tell Us About the City of Milwaukee?

Citywide Population Change by Aldermanic District (map)

LRB Chart: Percent of Population and Voting Age Population by Race and Ethnicity by Aldermanic District

Aldermanic Districts Map A

Aldermanic Districts Map A (Printable Version)

Aldermanic Districts Map A Demographics

2020 Hispanic Populations by 2011 Wards

Ward Changes: This map shows the new City of Milwaukee voting wards in red, and the state Assembly district lines laid in over the top of the wards.


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