Redistricting

Why is redistricting important? 

Redistricting determines which neighborhoods and communities are grouped together into a supervisorial district for purposes of electing a Board of Supervisor member. You have an opportunity to share how you think district boundaries should be drawn to best represent your community.

What criteria will be used when drawing district lines? 

District lines will be adopted using the following criteria in order of priority:

  1. To the extent practicable, supervisorial district boundaries shall be geographically contiguous. Areas that meet only at the points of adjoining corners are not contiguous. Areas that are separated by water and not connected by a bridge, tunnel, or regular ferry service are not contiguous.
  2. To the extent practicable, the geographic integrity of any local neighborhood or local community of interest shall be respected in a manner that minimizes its division. A “community of interest” is a population that shares common social or economic interests that should be included within a single supervisorial district for purposes of its effective and fair representation. Communities of interest do not include relationships with political parties, incumbents, or political candidates.
  3. To the extent practicable, the geographic integrity of a city or census designated place shall be respected in a manner that minimizes its division.
  4. Supervisorial district boundaries should be easily identifiable and understandable by residents. To the extent practicable, supervisorial districts shall be bounded by natural and artificial barriers, by streets, or by the boundaries of the county.
  5. To the extent practicable, and where it does not conflict with the preceding criteria in this subdivision, supervisorial districts shall be drawn to encourage geographical compactness in a manner that nearby areas of population are not bypassed in favor of more distant populations.

Besides the above criteria, districts shall not be drawn for purposes of favoring or discriminating against an incumbent, political candidate, or political party.

General Public Comment

You may provide live public comments on the day of any Board hearing or redistricting public workshop.  You may also submit  general public comment by emaling [email protected] or by submitting your comment using our online form. 

Submit Public Comment

Submit Proposed Maps

You may submit proposed district maps or Community of Interest maps using the District-R mapping tool or by emailing [email protected].  You may also submit comments regarding a Community of Interest by completing our online form.

 

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