What is redistricting and why do we redistrict?

Under both federal and state law, local governments must redraw municipal ward boundaries and political jurisdictions every 10 years to accommodate changing population and demographic trends. This process begins after the United States Census Bureau releases the decennial census data. Local governments oversee changes in maps for city and county government. 

St. Croix County is only working on redistricting for our County and local municipalities. State lawmakers draw new district lines for the state’s Assembly and Senate seats and congressional districts.

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1. What is redistricting and why do we redistrict?
2. What is the timeline and process for redistricting?
3. How will this change how I vote or run for local office?
4. Why was there a delay in redistricting this year?
5. Where can I find more information on redistricting?