The city of Peoria has completed its redistricting process, which is a requirement pursuant to the city’s charter after a mid-decade census count. The council was briefed at a study session about the redistricting requirements and public engagement plan.
The mid-decade census counted 161,563 residents in Peoria, a 4.87 percent increase from the city’s 2010 census population count. Thus after redistricting there will be six districts in Peoria with a population count of approximately 26,927 each. To comply with federal requirements, the new districts were required to have substantially equal population and comply with the Voting Rights Act. Districts must also be contiguous.
The city held multiple public meetings and open houses along with online mapping technology where citizens were invited to draw suggested district maps. The council reviewed the public input and proposed maps before adopting a final map with new council district boundaries in June, 2017. The new map goes into effect for the 2018 primary election.