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Upper Chichester Township

Reapportionment update

Reapportionment update

Posted on March 11, 2024

We are excited to share the outcome of the reapportionment for the ward boundaries in Upper Chichester Township. This process evaluated population density in each of the five Township Wards and was undertaken by the Board of Commissioners of Upper Chichester Township and administrative staff in conjunction with FLO Analytics, an expert consultant.

To develop the new boundary lines, we used the following criteria set by law, rule, policy, and feedback from the Commissioners,
Staff, and public to develop the map:

  • Reapportionment must be in compliance with all local, state, and federal laws, including the Federal Voting Rights Act.
  • Reapportionment must not favor or disfavor a protected class or political party.
  • Wards must be “population balanced.”
  • Wards must be contiguous.
  • Wards should be as compact as possible.
  • Wards should preserve communities of mutual interest, for example, local neighborhoods.
  • Wards should preserve the use of existing natural boundaries.

In January 2023, the project kicked off with evaluating each ward population based on the 2020 census data. The outcome of this project was to ensure our ward populations were more equal while abiding by the above regulations. After thorough assessment, FLO Analytics spearheaded the process of drafting new ward boundaries and guiding the Township along the way.

The Township provided transparency of the process through several means. Two public meetings, March 2023 and December 2023, were advertised in the newspaper, and on our website. The Township also posted on social media and our website, upperchi.org, asking for Public Input and linking to the online tools FLO Analytics created. The public had access to online tools such as the Engagement Portal, a dedicated website to this project, and the District Scenario Modeler, an online mapping tool which allows you to create your own draft maps. The final Map was presented to the Board of Commissioners in December 2023, where it was approved for adoption and the ordinance passed.

With a population of 16,898 people, based on the 2020 Census Data, the ideal population in each Ward would be 3,330 people. You can see the skewed population density of the old Ward Map versus the new one. If you would like to see a further in-depth analysis of this process, please refer to the document below: