2021 Redistricting in NKC

What is Redistricting?

Over time, people move, new homes are constructed, and neighborhoods change. That’s why every ten years North Kansas City is required to redraw its City Council districts based on the latest U.S. Census data in a process called redistricting. The redistricting process helps ensure North Kansas City residents receive fair and equitable representation in our local government by equalizing the number of residents in each district.

Redistricting Requirements

A basic principle of redistricting is that legislative districts should be “compact”, “contiguous” and avoid the “legislative evil commonly known as the ‘gerrymander’.”

Above all, when municipalities redistrict, the new boundaries must be as equal as possible in population.

The combined percentage of deviation of the most populous district and the percentage of deviation of the least populous district from the ideal district population may not exceed 10% and all other district populations must fall within that narrow range.

For North Kansas City, our ideal legislative district population is 1,117 (4,467 population ÷ 4 Wards).

Historical Perspective

North Kansas City’s Wards have changed over the years to comply with the equal population mandate outlined in the U.S. Constitution.

1992 Ward Map
1992 Ward Map (click on map for PDF)

2001 Ward Map
2001 Ward Map (click on map for PDF)

Current Ward Map
Current Ward Map (click on map for PDF)

The Need to Redistrict

North Kansas City’s Ward boundaries no longer meet the 10% deviation required by the U.S. Constitution, therefore, the Ward boundaries must be redistricted.

2020 Census Population By Block
2020 Population Map by Block Group (click on map for PDF)

2020 Census overlayed onto current wards

2020 Census information compared to current Ward Map (click on map for PDF)

Redistricting Process

The redistricting process is a dynamic and continuous process where multiple maps are developed, discussed and modified based on resident and City Council input.

Prior Redistricting Actions

City Council Work Session on Tuesday, October 19

In advance of the Tuesday, October 19, City Council Work Session, four draft maps (Maps A-D) were created and published for City Council discussion and resident input.  Residents provided feedback on these maps through an online survey and direct feedback provided to their City Councilmembers.

Councilmember Graves (Maps E-F) and Smith (Map G) also submitted maps to be included in the Agenda packet for the Tuesday, October 19, City Council Work Session.

To see the maps discussed at the Work Session, click here. Also included on the board are the survey results. Please note that due to the timing of the development of the maps, only Maps A-D were included in the survey.

During the Tuesday, October 19, Work Session, the City Council modified Maps C, E & F based on resident feedback.

If you would like to watch the Work Session, please click here.

Next Redistricting Actions

Draft Map Input Period

During the Tuesday, October 19, Work Session, the City Council modified Maps C, E & F based on resident feedback.

Modified Map C

Draft Modified Map C (click on map for PDF)

Modified Map E

Draft Modified Map E (click on the map for a PDF)

Modified Map F

Draft Modified Map F (click on the map for a PDF)

The City Council would like residents to review the modified Maps C, E & F (below) and provide input through online comment form, paper comment form (located at City Hall), contacting them directly, or sharing your comments at the Tuesday, November 2, City Council Special Session beginning at 6 p.m.
>>>Click here to submit an online comment card.<<<

Physical comment cards will be available during the Draft Map Input period and the Open House at City Hall.

Open House, Tuesday, November 2 from 4-6 p.m.
There will be an Open House on Tuesday, November 2 from 4-6 p.m. Residents are welcome to review information boards, fill out comment cards, or provide public comment during the City Council Special Session immediately following the Open House.

Special Council Meeting, November 2, 6 p.m.
Residents are welcome to provide public comment during the City Council Special Session immediately following the Open House. The City Council may make further modifications to draft maps during the Special Council Meeting based on resident input.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Redistricting?
Redistricting is the constitutionally-mandated redrawing of local, state, and federal political boundaries every 10 years following the federal Census to account for changes in population during the previous decade.

What were North Kansas City's 2020 Census population numbers?

Where can I find more information about the 2020 Census Redistricting Data?
You can find more information on the Decennial Census Redistricting Data by clicking here.

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