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

November 17, 2021: The Common Council adopted the final voting wards map at a special meeting on Wednesday, November 17.
Voting Wards Proposed Plan B (map)
Voting Wards Demographics Plan B
Voting Wards Demographics Plan B (Excel)

November 18, 2021: Proposed Aldermanic Districts Map A is introduced.
Aldermanic Districts Proposed Map A
Aldermanic Districts Proposed Map A (Printable Version)
Aldermanic Districts Proposed Map A Demographics


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.
 


Timeline

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.


November 10, 2021:  Final district plan due back to Milwaukee County.

November 15, 2021: Ward map will be taken up by the Judiciary and Legislation Committee at 1:30 p.m.

November 17, 2021: The ward map will be scheduled for approval at a special Common Council meeting taking place at noon. This will be a virtual meeting. Those wishing to attend in- person should report to Room 301-B at City Hall, 200 E. Wells St.

The ward maps if approved at the special meeting will be delivered to the Mayor for his signature. They can be provided to Milwaukee County as soon as he signs the enabling resolution.

November 19, 2021: Judiciary and Legislation Committee chair Alderman Ashanti Hamilton will share the district map during a special redistricting town hall meeting beginning at 6 p.m. The event will be bilingual.

November 22, 2021: The Judiciary and Legislation Committee will hold a special meeting to hear public testimony on the district map. This will be a bilingual event beginning at 1:30 p.m.

November 23, 2021: If passed by committee, the district map will be before the full Common Council for deliberation. The meeting begins at 9 a.m.


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

Aldermanic Districts Proposed Map A

Aldermanic Districts Proposed Map A (Printable Version)

Aldermanic Districts Proposed Map A Demographics

Voting Wards Proposed Plan B (map)

Voting Wards Demographics Plan B

Voting Wards Demographics Plan B (Excel)

2020 Hispanic Populations by 2011 Wards


Other Resources:

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