City Council Ward Redistricting

In 2022, City Council will consider redistricting to help maintain population balance among the City's three wards.

Federal and state law requires the City to redistrict every ten years following the U.S. census if the data shows that the wards are not substantially equal in population.

Date Change: This item has been pushed back and will now be presented at the November 10 Work Session, followed by a vote at the November 21 City Council Meeting.


About the Ward System

City Council has 7 members: 3 representing specific wards, 3 at-large, and the Mayor. Council members elected to represent a specific ward must live in that ward to provide representation from different areas of the city. However, these candidates are elected by all city voters, and wards do not affect where a resident votes or which candidate(s) a resident can vote for. The next election for City Council ward representatives will take place in November 2025. For more information, see our City Government Guide.

Share Your Feedback by November 21

City Council will consider public input before adopting one of the redistricting options at its regular City Council Meeting on November 21, 2022. 

  • After reviewing the information below, you may leave your comment about the proposed redistricting using our online feedback form.
  • The public comment period will be open from September 6 through November 21.

Current Wards

map shows the borders of the current ward districts
  1. Legal Guidelines for Redistricting

The guidelines below are derived from State statutes, court rulings, and the Durham County Board of Elections. (Chapter 160A-23 of the N.C. General Statutes has more information on redistricting for cities and towns.)

  • District size by population: Council wards must be balanced based on ward population, not on the number of registered voters. Redistricting for Council wards should be based on an official enumeration of population, such as a special census or Decennial Census, and must be based on the most recent census

  • Size of districts: State law and federal courts require that the three City Council wards contain roughly equivalent populations, and be within 5% of the ideal district size.

  • District boundaries and precincts: Council ward boundaries should generally not split precinct boundaries, in order to lessen voter confusion and conserve government resources. Boundaries of wards should follow some established line of demarcation such as roads.

  • Residency requirement: Council members must reside within the ward from which they are elected.

The ideal population for each ward is determined by taking the City’s total population and dividing it by the number of City Council wards.  Following the 2020 Census, the City’s ideal City Council ward population is 94,502 people per ward.

All wards were found to be out of compliance with the five percent variation requirement. Based on the 2020 Census information, the current population of each ward and the percentage that each ward varies from the ideal population is as follows: 

Current Ward Stats

WardPopulation% Variance
189,169-5.64 percent
2107,25513.49 percent
3
87,082
-7.85 percent

Total 283,506

  1. Other Criteria for Redistricting

Yellow Horizontal Line Divider 1500 x18Redistricting Options

With guidance from the City Manager’s and City Attorney’s offices, our Technology Solutions Department's GIS Services team was tasked with creating two redistricting options using the guidelines and criteria listed above for adoption by City Council. For both options, redistricting will result in ward changes for ten voting precincts (see ward history below).

Explore the tabs and interactive map below to learn more about the redistricting options.

  1. Current Wards

Current Ward Stats

WardPopulation% Variance
189,169-5.64 percent
2107,25513.49 percent
3
87,082
-7.85 percent

Total 283,506

map shows the borders of the current ward districts


  1. Option 1
  1. Option 2
  1. Ward History

Interactive Map

Enter your address below to find out which ward you are currently in and how you will be affected by redistricting. You can also open the map in a separate window.