The city of Glendale is redrawing the city council districts after the 2020 census data was released on Aug. 12.
“Section 15-2 of the city code requires the council to redistrict once every 10 years based on the U.S. decennial census,” Glendale City Clerk Julie Bower said.
The redistricting goal is to have close to 41,388 people in each of the six districts. They must also consider community interest, voters’ choice, growth and the preservation of the core of existing election years.
The city is required to submit a council-adopted plan to Maricopa County by Dec. 15, according to the National Demographics Corporation. Glendale City Councilmember Jamie Aldama of the Ocotillo District said he doesn’t expect big changes to be made.
“Citizens should be aware of upcoming community meetings where they can share their concerns,” Aldama said. “I recommend citizens stay informed with who their representatives of their municipal districts are.”
Dates are still being confirmed, but expect a community meeting in September. A council workshop is set for Oct. 12, with final decisions on Nov. 9. The council adoption is Nov. 23.
The NDC reports the Cholla District has the lowest population (holding a population of 38,795 people). The council will most likely redraw the districts to add residents to the Cholla population.
According to the Brennan Center for Justice, when cities are called to redraw their districts, it can have a serious impact on political influence. It can sway who wins the election, how laws get passed and other political advantages.
In Arizona, to prevent political influence, the Independent Redistricting Commission keeps the council members accountable.