Lincoln Independent Redistricting Commission
Every 10 years, after the U.S. Census, the City of Lincoln must re-establish the boundaries for City Council districts. The resulting council district boundaries must be balanced in population in accordance with state and federal rules governing the redistricting process.
In 2021, an Independent Redistricting Commission made up entirely of community members will be formed to establish district boundaries in a process that is free from special interests and political influence.
Apply to serve on the Independent Redistricting Commission: Interested City residents can fill out the Lincoln Independent Redistricting Commission Application. (Download the application to fill out. Do not fill in your web browser.) In addition to an application, all applicants shall file a Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700) with the City Clerk.
Applications and Statements of Economic Interest (Form 700) may also be picked up at the Lincoln City Clerk’s Department at 600 6th Street on Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The application deadline to apply is Friday, June 18, 2021 at 5 p.m.
The Commission will consist of eleven members, one from each Council district and six at-large candidates. A review body, made up of the City Manager, City Attorney and City Clerk, will review applications and create a pool of qualified candidates and sort them by Council district. In a public meeting, the City Clerk will randomly select one candidate from each Council district bin. Once the initial five candidates are selected, all qualified candidates will be put in one bin and the remaining six at-large candidates will be chosen. The selection must be made at a publicly noticed meeting after the public has had the opportunity to provide written and oral comment.
As an independent body, the Commission will be empowered to adopt the district boundaries, without City Council approval. The district map developed by the Commission must follow all local, state and federal laws, be substantially equal in population, and be geographically contiguous. The Commission will conduct at least four public hearings, with at least one prior to maps being drawn. Maps drawn by the Commission will be available for public review for seven days prior to the Commission conducting a public hearing for adoption.
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