2021 Districting Commission

Apply to Serve as a Member of the Districting Commission

The Sioux Falls City Council is currently accepting applications for appointment to the 2021 Districting Commission.  To apply, submit your completed application to the Sioux Falls City Clerk no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, November 6, 2020. The Districting Commission will consist of five members; one member from each of the City’s five council districts. No member of the commission shall be employed by the city or hold any other elected or appointed position in the City. Appointments will be made by the City Council in mid-March and terms will end upon adoption of a districting plan. For detailed information about the commission, its duties, and the redistricting process see Section 6.02 of the Sioux Falls City Charter. Please direct any questions about the application process to the City Clerk at 367-8080 or clerks@siouxfalls.org. A copy of the application can be found to the right under “resources.”

Important Application Dates:

October 14 – Announcement of Districting Commission vacancies; applications available online

November 6 (5 p.m.) – Deadline to submit completed applications to the City Clerk

Early December – Appointment of Districting Commission Members

About the Districting Commission

The commission is required following each decennial census.  City Charter requires the Council to appoint the Commission no later than one year and five months before the next regular election.  Upon the effective date of appointment of members, the Districting Commission may begin meeting to formulate a districting plan to adjust current district boundaries. Census results, however, will likely not be available until March or April 2020.

All meetings will be noticed and open to the public although specific meeting dates and times have not yet been determined. The commission will meet as often as is necessary to develop a plan to adjust district boundaries in accordance with the criteria set forth in the City Charter (§6.02(d.)) At least one public hearing will be held no less than 30 days prior to submission of the plan to the City Council (the plan will be available to the public for inspection and comment no less than thirty days prior to the public hearing(s.)) The plan includes a map and description of districts recommended.

  • March/April: Census results
  • May 14, 2021: Latest date plan made available to public
  • June 13, 2021: Latest date to hold Public Hearing
  • July 13, 2021: Latest date to submit plan to City Council

According to §6.02(c)(4) of the City Charter, “[t]he plan shall be deemed adopted by the city council unless disapproved within 21 days by the vote of the majority of all members of the city council. If the city council fails to adopt the plan, it shall return the plan to the commission with its objections, and with the objections of individual members of the council.”

Resulting precinct boundary changes will be addressed by a proposed ordinance to §38.003, Election Precincts, of the Sioux Falls Code of Ordinances.