U.S. Census delay means Cleveland received’t get new ward boundaries till the 2025 election

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cleveland will not redraw its parish line until 2025 an announcement by the US Census Bureau on Friday The local population data required for the work will not be available until September 30th.

The announcement confirms what was already expected.

The municipal council has to create a new municipality map after each census. However, a provision in the Cleveland Charter would have required that the 2020 population figures be confirmed by the Ohio Secretary of State no later than February 16 by 120 days prior to the deadline for Cleveland candidates to submit nominations.

This provision ensures that there is time until April 1 to create a new card, while candidates have more than two months to collect names for petitions on the new wards.

City Council President Kevin Kelley recently said he was in doubt that the data would come in in time to change stations this year. In 2010 the data was only made available on March 9th.

That means the job will be tackled before the 2025 elections by a new council elected later this year. And if Kelley runs for mayor, as is widely rumored, a new city council president would lead the effort.

Also late will be the final answer to whether Cleveland will still have 17 wards.

The provisions of the charter bind the number of districts to the population of the city. The Census Bureau estimated the population of Cleveland as of July 1, 2019 at 381,009 – decreased by around 15,800 compared to the 2010 census.

If the census lists Cleveland’s population as 375,000 or fewer, two seats would be deleted.

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