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What criteria will be used to make sure the County Council districts are fair?

 

Section 3.04 (3) of Cuyahoga County’s Charter establishes principles that must be followed in setting boundaries for County Council districts:

In accordance with this Charter section, the Cuyahoga County Districting Commission established the following criteria and considerations for the 2021 districting process:

Cuyahoga County’s new County Council District Maps must:
  • Balance District populations so that the number of residents in each of the 11 County Council Districts is within ±5% of the average District population. According to the 2020 Census data, the average district population is 114,983.
  • Neither pack nor dilute African American residents.
  • Neither pack nor dilute Hispanic residents.
Cuyahoga County’s new County Council District Maps should:
  • Minimize the number of residents who are shifted to different Districts.
  • Keep entire communities within the same Council district. This consideration does not apply to the City of Cleveland, however, because Cleveland’s population is greater than the average District population.