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Redistricting

What is Redistricting and Why is it Important?

Redistricting for the City of Wichita is the process of making revisions to City Council boundaries. Redistricting is important in order to help ensure that each City Council District represents roughly similar numbers of residents. It also is the process of making changes to the City Council District boundaries, and may result in areas of the City being included in a different Council District than they were previously. 

How and When Does City of Wichita Redistricting Occur?

Charter Ordinance 173, adopted in 1998, requires the City Council to appoint a Commission of Electors every ten years in July, following the release of census results. The Commission's task is to examine the current plan of City Council Districts and make district boundary revision recommendations to the Council by September 30, 2022. The City Council must reestablish district boundaries, taking into account the Commission's recommendations, by December 31, 2022. 

The Charter Ordinance does not state specific requirements regarding the size and composition of the Commission of Electors. These matters are left to the discretion of the Council.  The ordinance does require that the Commission "have at least one elector from each district."  In 2012, 2002, 1998, and 1992, City Council Members made one appointment each to the Commission. The Mayor made a seventh appointment, who served as the Commission's Chair and reported its final recommendation to the City Council. In 1990, the Council appointed fourteen members.

The Charter Ordinance requires that boundary lines for each City Council District be established in a manner that: 

  • Approximately one-sixth of the City’s total population is allocated within each district, with no district having more or less than a five percentage point (5%) deviation from the one-sixth population figure; 
  • Reasonably compact areas in each district are maintained; 
  • Election precinct lines set by the County Election Commissioner are followed; 
  • Use of any partisan data is avoided; 
  • and The integrity of “broadly cohesive areas of interest” is maintained.

How Do Wichita Council Districts Compare?

The City has continued to increase in geographic size and population since the 2010 Census results were used for the 2012 redistricting. The 2020 Census shows a total City population of 397,532, an increase of 15,164 from 382,368 in 2010.  The target population to balance every district evenly, therefore, would be one-sixth of the total, or 66,255.  In order for the five percent deviation standard to be met, the population of each district must fall within the range of 60,542 to 69,568.

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The table below indicates the degree to which the current districts comply with the Charter Ordinance standard.  Only District IV falls within the target range set by the ordinance.  The districts range from a low of 95 percent of the target in District III to a high of 107 percent in District II.  

District I II III IV V VI
2020 Population 64,318 71,111 62,598 65,463 67,142 66,795
% of Target Population 97% 107% 95% 99% 101% 101%


View more data on the ICT Census Portal

The Commission of Electors will propose revisions to current district boundaries that provide an appropriate population balance among districts and that take into account the requirements of the Charter Ordinance.  It may also consider other factors such as natural boundaries, the boundaries of local neighborhood associations, the likely magnitude and direction of future growth over the next ten years, and the manner in which the core area and Central Business District should be represented.


2022 Commission of Electors 

The City Council must appoint a Commission of Electors every ten years, following the census. The Commission’s task is to “examine the plan of districts” and to recommend district boundary revisions to the Council. Each city council member appoints a representative from their district and the Mayor also has an appointee.  Look up your council district

​Name ​Appointed By
​Lamont Anderson
Council Member Bryan Frye, District V
Joseph "Tex" Dozier
Council Member Brandon Johnson​, District I
​Javan Gonzalez
Council Member Maggie Ballard​, District VI
​Marcey Gregory
Mayor Brandon Whipple
​Janet Johnson
​Council Member Mike Hoheisel, District III
Patrick Penn
Vice Mayor Becky Tuttle, District II
​John Whitmer
​Council Member Jeff Blubaugh, District IV

Community Engagement 

The Redistricting Dashboard shows maps and data for current council districts, along with proposed scenarios submitted by the Commission of Electors and Planning staff. Residents are invited to review the maps and share their thoughts and comments about proposed boundary changes, either in person during the public comment portion of the Commission of Electors meeting, via email at redistricting@wichita.gov, or via Forum, the City of Wichita public engagement platform: 

Join the conversation on Forum 



If you have questions about the redistricting process, proposed boundary maps, or the Commission of Electors, please email redistricting@wichita.gov.  


Meeting Calendar

The City of Wichita Commission of Electors will meet on Wednesdays from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in the first floor Boardroom at City Hall through September 31. These meetings are open to the public and are also available to view online on the City's YouTube channel

Watch the most recent meeting:



Agendas & Minutes

  
  
2022-07-12 CE Agenda.pdf2022-07-12 CE Agenda
2022-07-20 CE Agenda v3.pdf2022-07-20 CE Agenda v3
2022-07-27 CE Agenda v4.pdf2022-07-27 CE Agenda v4
2022-08-03 CE Agenda v1.pdf2022-08-03 CE Agenda v1
2022-08-10 CE Agenda (002).pdf2022-08-10 CE Agenda (002)
Commission of Electors Meeting 07122022.pdfCommission of Electors Meeting 07122022

Other Documents

  
  
2020 Precinct Population.pdf2020 Precinct Population
2022 Election Districts.pdf2022 Election Districts
Commission of Electors Meeting_7-27-2022_Maps.pdfCommission of Electors Meeting_7-27-2022_Maps
Commission of Electors Meeting_8-03-2022_Maps_.pdfCommission of Electors Meeting_8-03-2022_Maps_
Neighborhood Associations 11x17.pdfNeighborhood Associations 11x17
Staff_Committee_Scenarios_DRAFT.v2.pdfStaff_Committee_Scenarios_DRAFT.v2
Wichita Homeowner's Association Map.pdfWichita Homeowner's Association Map