2022 Ward Redistricting


The City Charter requires Ward redistricting at least once every ten years to reflect population shifts and must be adopted by ordinance at least 180 days before any regular municipal election. Council's Policy requires the Election Commission to present its recommendation no later than December 31 of the year prior to any regular municipal election. 

All Election Commission meetings are open to the public and will have a specific time for public comment so the Commission can receive input on the Ward redistricting options and communities of interest.

​June 28, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.
Agenda and Documents
​Recording 
​July 11, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. 
Agenda and Documents
Recording 
July 27, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. 
Agenda and Documents
Recording 
August 10, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. 
Agenda and Documents
Recording

The Election Commission plans on presenting its recommendation to City Council the beginning of October, with final adoption by City Council in November of 2022. The Election Commission's recommendation and other options considered by the Commission are below. Click on each map to view it as a larger image. 

Public feedback can be provided at any point during the process through email at clerk@thorntonco.gov.

Based on Federal, State, and local laws, the Election Commission is required to take into consideration the following criteria when making its recommendation:

  • Population equity. Ward boundaries should have as equal population as possible to ensure that one person's vote in one district is worth as much as another's vote in a different district. The general standard for deviation between the smallest and largest ward is no more than 10% deviation between the two, but municipalities should strive to be draw their wards with as equal population as possible.
  • No minority vote dilution. Ward boundaries cannot be drawn in such a manner as to dilute the voting power of minority groups.
  • No Change to Councilmember Ward. No change shall operate to exclude any Councilmember from office before the expiration of the term for which the incumbent was elected or appointed.
  • Compactness. While not a constitutional requirement, wards should be drawn in such a manner as to be as compact geographically as possible to prevent wards from encompassing large geographic areas but having a small voting population.
  • Contiguity. Wards should be contiguous, and no part of a ward should be entirely separated geographically from any other part of the ward.
  • Preservation of County precinct boundaries. This is a requirement that impacts the state and county governments redistricting process more so than municipalities. However, municipalities must still strive to keep general election precincts whole within their municipal election precinct and/or ward boundaries. Ballots are typically printed by their precinct so that each person within a general election precinct receives the exact same ballot as another within the same precinct. Splitting precincts results in multiple versions of ballots being printed and voters within the same precinct electing different representatives for congressional, state, county, and local offices.
  • Preservation of Communities of Interest. Communities of interest are geographic areas comprised of a group of people who share similar policy concerns and should be kept whole within a single ward. Policy interest could include racial, social, economic, demographic, environmental, transportation, agricultural, industrial, or other similar features. A community of interest should be able to tell its own unique story that is distinguishable from another surrounding community. Most importantly, communities of interest should be defined by the local community members.
      
Click here to provide input on a community of interest or comments on the recommended option

Current Ward Boundaries

Ward Boundaries - Recommended By the Election Commission

Listen to the July 27, 2022 Elction Commission meeting to hear why this alternative will be recommended

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Other Options Previously Considered by the Election Commission


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