What is Redistricting?
Redistricting is a process where the boundary lines for Congressional Representative, State Senate, State Representative and County Commission are redrawn to better reflect the population changes based on the most recent census data. Due to population changes, known from the 2020 census, the Independent Citizen's Redistricting Commission met and redrew boundary lines for Congress and State.
For more information on this Commission, visit their website. The Ottawa County Apportionment Commission is responsible for reviewing and drawing new boundary lines for County Commission.
What Else is Affected By Redistricting?
Elected Official district lines aren't the only boundary changes going into effect in 2023! Some precinct boundary lines have also changed. This means that many Ottawa County voters have received new voter ID cards from their Local City/Township Clerk explaining their new precinct boundary and voting location. Precinct lines can change based on population and Clerks have the option to add or remove a precinct based on population growth/decline. To better understand your new precinct or to find out if your precinct has changed, contact your local clerk or use this map .
Who is On the Redistricting Committee?
The Commission consists of the County Clerk, County Treasurer, County Prosecuting Attorney, and the chairpersons of the county Democratic and Republican parties.
What Does the Commission Do?
The purpose of the commissions is to re-draw the boundary lines of County Commissioner Districts within each county based on the most current population data received every 10 years from the U.S. Census.
How Does the Commission Draw Lines?
The Commission have the authority to change the number of districts with a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 21 districts based on county population. Districts must be drawn based on the following criteria:
- Must be as equal in population as possible
- Must be contiguous and as compact as possible
- Must not be drawn for any partisan political advantage