The Chicago Elections Board ruled Wednesday that the City Council's new map of Chicago's 50 wards won't go into effect until 2015, so the March 20th election for ward committeemen will adhere to a ward map drawn after 2000 U.S. Census figures. The Elections Board further clarified that any special election prior to 2015 for city council or ward committeeman would also adhere to the current map.
The City Council approved 41-8 a newly drawn ward map two weeks ago, which was based on 2010 on U.S. Census Figures. The new ward boundaries have generated controversy for dividing neighborhoods, being rammed through City Council with insufficient discussion, possibly not adhering to the "one person, one vote" proportional representation rule, and selling Latino voters short. The map could be susceptible to a legal challenge.