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.
August 12, 2021 - 2020 Census data released to the states. Click here to view 2020 Census results. To view the Census visualization click here.
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, though them, local municipalities has been significantly delayed. It is presently expected on or about August 16, 2021. When this data is received, the local redistricting process will begin. 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.
To view past information please click here: Redistricting2011.
The usual timeline for local redistricting has been significantly altered by the delay of census information. Local redistricting will begin when the State of Wisconsin distributes census data to its 72 counties. This is expected on or about August 16, 2021. The remainder of the timeline as presently understood is provided below. Please note that these dates are subject to change.
September 1, 2021: “Late” date for receipt of Census data from Milwaukee County
September 15, 2021: Milwaukee County adopts its tentative district plan and transmits it to the City.
October 4, 2021: The Judiciary and Legislation Committee hears proposed ward plan.
October 11, 2021: First notice provided of the Judiciary and Legislation Committee hearing relating to district plan.
October 12, 2021: The Common Council adopts ward plan.
October 18, 2021: Second notice provided of the Judiciary and Legislation Committee hearing relating to district plan.
October 18, 2021: Ward plan due back to Milwaukee County.
November 1, 2021: The Judiciary and Legislation Committee hears proposed district plan (special mtg).
November 2, 2021: The Common Council adopts final district plan.
November 10, 2021: Final district plan due back to Milwaukee County.
Demographic Data: What Does the 2021 Census Tell Us About the City of Milwaukee?
Citywide Population Change by Aldermanic District (map)
Citywide Population Change by Voting Ward (map)
Citywide Population Change by Voting Ward with Aldermanic Boundaries (map)
LRB Chart: Percent of Population and Voting Age Population by Race and Ethnicity by Aldermanic District
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