ReDistricting – Time to redraw those boundaries

Census

Every ten years the entire U.S. population is counted, and that data is used to draw new electoral district maps at all levels. Some districts are beginning this process already (see below for dates).

Reapportionment

The federal reallocation of House seats among the states, done after each national census to ensure seats are held by the states in proportion to the size of their population.

Redistricting

Drawing new boundaries that determine which Californians are represented by each electoral district.

Fair Representation

The power for constituents to choose their elected officials.

Why should you be involved?

One of the greatest powers that the people of California have is to elect their own representatives to conduct the business of their government at all levels. How district boundaries are configured can make the difference between empowering and maximizing the voters’ voices or minimizing and muting those voices. Speaking up about your community is critical to ensuring district lines are drawn to keep your community whole to the extent possible and grouped with nearby communities with similar interests. This ensures that your voice is heard by your elected leaders when making such decisions as the quality and funding of your child’s education or determining your tax rates. Your input is valuable in shaping the new political boundaries.

NOTE:

CENSUS BLOCK DATA WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE UNTIL LATE SEPTEMBER, HOWEVER SOME WORK IS ALREADY TAKING PLACE AND SOME DISTRICTS (LUCIA MAR, PASO ROBLES AND SAN LUIS COASTAL UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICTS)  ARE CURRENTLY IN THE PROCESS OF DRAWING LINES USING 2010 CENSUS DATA.  THESE LINES WILL BE ADJUSTED AS NECESSARY ONCE 2020 NUMBERS ARE AVAILABLE. MOST JURISDICTIONS ARE WORKING WITH MAPPING CONSULTANTS