Every ten years following the U.S. decennial census, boundary lines are redrawn for federal, state and local voting districts. The goal of this process is to rebalance representative districts so that they are nearly equal in population.
Congressional and legislative district lines are redrawn by the bi-partisan Washington State Redistricting Committee. County Council district lines are redrawn by a locally appointed bi-partisan Districting Committee. And school director, port commissioner and other local director district lines are redrawn by processes determined by the individual local jurisdictions.
Once census data is received, the county and local jurisdictions have eight months under state law to redraw their director or commissioner district lines and submit finalized redistricting plans to the County Auditor. Public hearings on proposed new lines are required prior to finalizing any new district lines. New lines will be incorporated into local voting precincts in 2012.
All redistricting meetings and deliberations are open to the public. This website will be updated regularly with information and links pertaining to the proceedings of the Snohomish County Districting Committee.
On October 17, 2011 the Snohomish County Council adopted new county council district lines based the most recent U.S. Census data. The new county council boundaries will be effective on January 1, 2012.