Huntsville redistricting plans formally introduced
Published on December 2, 2021
The City of Huntsville made progress on its 2021 redistricting effort when four plans were formally introduced at the Huntsville City Council’s regularly scheduled meeting on Dec. 2.
The plans were previously presented and discussed during five public hearings held in October and November at City Hall. Three plans were submitted by members of the public, and one was developed by the City of Huntsville Administration, using input from City departments, Council and the public.
The Council will adopt a final plan at its next meeting on Dec. 16.
“I want to thank the members of the Redistricting Team who have worked tirelessly with the public, Council and Administration to get us to this point,” Mayor Tommy Battle said. “I’m confident the Council will choose the plan that best represents all of Huntsville.”
Redistricting is necessary every 10 years after a census count and ensures compliance with the constitutional right of one person, one vote. It also prevents uneven districts in which, for example, one Council member represents 30,000 constituents, while another represents 10,000.
The process has been significant this year as census data revealed Huntsville’s population had increased by 20% over the past decade, making it the most populous city in Alabama.
The City has encouraged public participation through a series of town halls in each district with members of the Redistricting Team. The City also provided free online software to anyone who wished to create a plan and submit it to Council.
To learn more, visit the City of Huntsville’s redistricting page and click the “Plans and Presentations” button. The page also includes specifics on the redistricting process, including guidelines, policies and frequently asked questions.