Redistricting (also sometimes called districting, line-drawing or mapmaking) is the process of carving up a jurisdiction into districts for elected officials.
Redistricting is done to ensure the principle of “one person, one vote”: that voting power and representation is distributed equally, based on population. This is generally defined as a threshold of a 10% population variation between districts.
The City of Maumelle will adjust the Ward Map according to the 2020 Census data.
The proposed map was developed using the following priorities:
1. Expected Growth - Account for projected residential development that would significantly impact population by the next census. This means that wards with areas of high potential growth should be smaller than those which have fewer areas of expected growth.
2. Neighborhoods & Communities of Interest - Keep together those groups of people in a specific geographical area who share common identifiable interests, such as community spaces, safety, transit, and environmental conditions.
3. Existing Wards & Simplicity of Boundaries - Avoid making unnecessary changes to allow for the most residents possible to remain in their previous wards. Prioritize longer, simpler boundaries over more detailed and complex boundaries.
The proposed new City Council Voting Wards will be included in a City Ordinance to be read at the next Council meeting on January 18th, 6pm, at Maumelle City Hall. City ordinances are required to be read at three meetings, after which can be adopted by a vote of the Council. All City Council meetings are open to the public and those present may comment by filling out the provided form and presenting it to the City Clerk. In the interest of time comments will be limited to three (3) minutes.
A printed version of the proposed map will be on display at City Hall for public viewing January 11th - February 21st during regular business hours. Residents will also have an opportunity to submit comments to the Council online or in person at City Hall.
To view a larger version of the proposed map online, click here: Proposed Ward Map
Fill out an online comment form here: Comment Form
For more information about redistricting in the Sate of Arkansas, visit the Arkansas Board of Apportionment website. https://arkansasredistricting.org/