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The city of Concord will start its redistricting process Tuesday with a presentation at a regular City Council meeting followed by two workshops later in the month on whether and how City Council district boundaries should be changed.
Concord moved to district elections for its five City Council seats in 2018 in response to letters from attorneys threatening to sue the city and many others around the region, alleging that their at-large systems diluted the ability of minority populations to elect candidates of their choice.
Following the release of 2020 U.S. Census data, the city is required by state law to do public outreach in the redistricting process, the results of which will stay in effect for a decade until the next census count.
At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, city staff will give a presentation on how the process works and what the new Census data shows about local population changes. The council will then determine whether to adjust the boundaries and how to do so, city officials said.
To do that, two virtual workshops will be held on Nov. 15 and Nov. 17 and residents can use mapping tools to propose their own districts and provide feedback on other proposed ones.
More information on the redistricting process can be found on the city’s website.