What is Redistricting?
Redistricting is the process of redrawing the district lines that define which areas elected officials represent. As people move and communities change, it is necessary to update the district boundaries so that each elected official represents an equal number of people. In 2021 and 2022, decision-makers across California will draw new district maps for state and local representatives using updated information from the 2020 census.
We have an opportunity to build and protect political power for our communities. When our communities are kept together in a district or grouped with neighboring areas that have shared interests, we develop a stronger voice to influence elections and demand accountability from our representatives on the issues we care about.
Redistricting is one of the basic building blocks of our democratic system. You can have a voice in what the maps look like for state, county, city, school board, and other offices.
Use Your Voice to Help Draw the Lines for State Offices in California!
In California, an independent citizen-led commission oversees the redistricting process for congressional, state assembly, state senate, and board of equalization seats. The California Citizens Redistricting Commission (CCRC) must hold public input hearings all over the state to learn about communities and get feedback on the draft maps that they create. That means there are many chances to participate in this important process! You can:
- Tell the line-drawers about your community at public hearings before they start drawing the new maps
- Use online tools to draw a visual representation of your community or what you think map lines could look like
- Review the CCRC’s draft maps when they are released and give them feedback on whether you think they are fair or should be changed before being finalized
For more information about state redistricting check out our community education resources below:
- 5 Things to Know About Redistricting in California
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- California State Redistricting: Mapping Our Representation (Overview)
- Redistricting Matters: How District Maps Affect Your Community
- Redistricting Matters: How a Local Community Fought for Fair Lines in 2011
- How Redistricting Could Impact Your Neighborhood
- Describing Your Community for Redistricting
The best way to learn more about redistricting and how best to advocate for your community is to work with a community-based organization in your area who is already focused on this topic. ALC is working with amazing partners all over the state to do just that – check out the list below to see if there’s an organization in your area to connect with!
Sacramento and Central Valley Partners
Bay Area Partners
Orange County Partners
Los Angeles Partners
San Diego Partners
Shape Your Local Maps: How to Get Involved in Local Redistricting
Each city council, county board of supervisors, and school board in California that is elected from districts will redraw its district maps during 2021 and 2022. This is your chance to make sure your local districts are drawn so that your community can have a voice in local politics.
Cities and counties will hold multiple hearings to get public input on where communities live and who should be kept together, and to get feedback on draft maps. Check your county, city, and school board website to find out more about their redistricting process.
For more information about local redistricting check out our resources below:
Trainings and Workshops about Redistricting in California
Ready to learn more about redistricting in California? Check out our presentations:
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