Every 10 years, following the U.S. Census, Skagit County is required to redraw the boundaries of its council districts. State law requires that the plan for redrawn Commissioner district boundaries be consistent with the following criteria: 

  • Each internal director, council, or commissioner district shall be as nearly equal in population.
  • Each district shall be as compact as possible.
  • Each district shall consist of geographically contiguous area.
  • Population data may not be used for purposes of favoring or disfavoring any racial group or political party.
  • To the extent feasible, the district boundaries shall coincide with existing recognized natural boundaries
  • To the extent possible, the district boundaries shall preserve existing communities of related and mutual interest.

Skagit is a non-charter county governed by a three Commissioner board. This form of government is the default outlined in Article 11 of Washington State's constitution. 

Skagit County will hold three public meetings and one public hearing on redistricting. Those hearings will be held: 

August 26, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Watch the recording of the meeting here)
September 27, 2:30 p.m. -  3:30 p.m. (Watch the recording of the meeting here)
October 25, 2:30 p.m. -  3:30 p.m.  (public meeting)
November 22, 2:30 p.m. -  3:30 p.m. (public hearing)

Flo Analytics, who Skagit County has contracted with to help with redistricting, will provide an informational update at the beginning of each public meeting or hearing. 

Comment on relevant proposals can be submitted via email to redistricting@co.skagit.wa.us, using the comment section on this website or via testimony at one of the above hearings. 

Why Redistricting Matters

County Commissioners are responsible for many decisions that affect daily life like some taxation, land use, parks and recreation, roads, public health and emergency services. The location of the County Commissioner district lines determines which Commissioner represents you, and which Commissioner race you can vote in. Changing the lines could mean you end up in a different district than the one you're currently in, represented by a different Commissioner. 

Boundary adjustments from redistricting will take effect for the 2022 elections.