The 2021 King County Districting Committee is tasked with redrawing the King County Council district boundaries based on the latest Census data. One of the factors the committee considers is communities of interest. The Committee wants to hear from you about your community and what makes it special. The Committee needs your input to understand where your community starts and where it ends.
There are three ways you can do this:
- Join us at a community listening session – The committee is holding a series of community listening sessions in July and August and town hall meetings in the fall. View the schedule and rsvp at kingcounty.gov/districting
- Take our survey – Visit our website to take our survey and provide input to the committee (available in multiple languages).
- Email us – Email your comments, questions, concerns or translation requests to email@example.com.
What is King County?
King County provides “regional” services to the whole county, including public health, elections, Metro transit, wastewater, solid waste, the regional criminal justice system and County parks. In unincorporated areas, the County serves as the local government and provides for law enforcement, roads and bridges, permitting and development, and other local government services. The King County Council is the county’s legislative branch which oversees the second largest government in the state. It is made of up nine members elected from nine different districts throughout the county.
What is the King County Districting Committee? The King County Districting Committee is an independent, non-partisan committee made up of four members appointed by the King County Council and a fifth member selected by the committee who also serves as chair. The Committee’s sole responsibility is redrawing County Council districts every 10 years based on the latest decennial Census data to rebalance the population of the districts so that they are nearly equal in population.
Why does providing input on districting matter? To the extent possible, district lines should be drawn to preserve existing communities of related and mutual interest. Communities are often stronger when they can vote together and are not divided among multiple districts. The Committee wants to hear about where you live and whether there are groups of people in your community that share common interests or concerns that should be recognized within the new King County Council district boundaries. Tell the committee what makes your community unique, where it starts and where it ends.