The census data is in, and it’s time to determine County Commission district lines. This is decided by a commission including the County Clerk, Treasurer and Prosecutor, with the heads of the County Democratic and Republican Parties.There will be three open meetings, where public comments and proposed maps are welcomed. The first is Saturday 9/11 at 11:00am, the second the following Saturday 9/18 at 8:30am, and the last, Monday Sept. 27 at 6:30pm. Zoom link on our calendar,

At the last census, the decision was made to reduce the number of districts to 9, and population increases mean that each commissioner now represents roughly 40,400 people– and some of those districts are very far-flung.

There are some very interesting arguments in favor of adding some districts– reducing the load on each commissioner is one. They have a lot to handle in this time where the county has had a huge role to play in responding to the Covid challenge. Public health (testing, vaccinations) and the economic consequences (administering housing assistance and other services) have all had to ramp up considerably. There’s also a good argument that this will increase the number of very good public servants who gain the experience and exposure they need to go on to higher office if they so wish.

Our Data Officer, Dirk Mayhew, has put together this info page and a tool for drawing your own map as well! If you do, please take a screenshot to submit it to the Apportionment Commission.  http://www.washtenawdempds.org/index.html

Written comments can be provided to the Apportionment Commission using an online form available at Washtenaw.org/Apportionment; by mail or in-person to the Washtenaw County Apportionment Commission, c/o Washtenaw County Clerk – Elections Division, 200 N. Main Street, Suite 120, Ann Arbor, MI 48104; and by fax to (734) 222-6528.

The Apportionment Commission must adopt a new apportionment plan by October 31, 2021 that includes a minimum of 5 and maximum of 21 County Commissioner districts.