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Local Redistricting in California 2021-2022

September 1, 2021 Guides & Reports

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Learn how to advocate for your communities through local redistricting processes in 2021 and 2022. The new maps will decide who gets to vote together for the next 10 years.

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.

Local Redistricting in California 2021-2022

On the local level, certain cities, counties, and school boards will be redrawing their district lines this year. These lines have a tremendous effect on our ability to elect candidates who will represent our needs in local government.

It’s important that we use our voices to speak up for our community in this process. We can affect the lines, and our own political power, by sharing with local line drawers who we are and how their maps affect us.

For more information on local redistricting, please see the resources below. We have jurisdiction-specific materials as well as general educational materials. Contact us at redistricting@advancingjustice-alc.org if you want to adapt these for your city or county!

General Local Redistricting Resources

5 Things to Know About Local Redistricting

Draft Map Feedback Guide

Translated Community of Interest Testimony Guides

Communities of Interest Testimony – A Worksheet for Community Members

Alameda County

City of Oakland

Contra Costa County

Sacramento County


To learn more about local redistricting in California check out our state redistricting page.