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The Wichita City Council has started the process of redrawing the boundaries for its six districts.
It is a process that takes place every 10 years, using informatiion from the latest census. The council is creating a commission of electors to look at census numbers and work out new boundaries.
City Planning Director John Schlegel said the city's population from the 2010 census was 382,268. An even split among the six districts would give each a population of almost 64,000, but Schlegel said a city ordinance requires the districts to be within 5 percent of that figure either way. That would be a range of 60,542 to 66,914 for each district.
The districts will have to follow precinct boundaries. The Sedgwick County election office is currently working on new precinct maps.
The council appointed five members to the commission of electors on Tuesday, and two more will be appointed next week. The commission will have to present its recommended boundaries by September 30.
The council will have until the end of the year to approve the new districts.