redistricting

Activists & Organizers - Get Involved

One of the greatest powers that the people of California have is the right to elect their own representatives to conduct the business of their government. The way in which Congressional, State Senate and Assembly district boundaries are configured for the next 10years can make the difference between empowering and maximizing the voters’ voices or minimizing and muting those voices.

Redistricting has been used at times to exclude communities from political power. By fully participating in and monitoring the upcoming redistricting process, underrepresented communities may have the opportunity to elect candidates of their choice and voice their needs and interests.

 

Regional Redistricting Commission Education Meeting information

 

2021 Redistricting Timeline

 

Line Drawing Criteria

To ensure that Californians’ engagement is representative of the area. Representation considerations include, but are not limited to:

  • Geography
    • Mountain, desert, coastal
    • Urban, suburbs, rural
    • County center (i.e., City of San Diego) and non-county center
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Citizenship status and Immigrant/Native-born
  • Gender
  • Economic
    •  Small business, big business, nonprofit, education
    • Business owner, employers, employee, labor
    • Local industries (economic engines)
    • Industrial, agriculture
    • Homeowners/renters
  • LGBTQ+
  • Disability
  • Age: Youth (16-24), adults (25 to 64), seniors (65+)
  • Native English Speakers and Limited English Proficiency
  • Language access

 

The Commission must follow this criteria when drawing district maps:

  • Districts must be of equal population to comply with the US Constitution.
  • Districts must comply with the Voting Rights Act to ensure that minorities have an equal opportunity to elect representatives of their choice.
  • Districts must be contiguous so that all parts of the district are connected to each other.
  • Districts must respect the boundaries of cities, counties, neighborhoods and communities of interest, and minimize their division, to the extent possible.
  • Districts should be geographically compact, that is, have a fairly regular shape.
  • Where practicable each Senate District should be composed of two complete and adjacent Assembly Districts and Board of Equalization districts shall be composed of 10 complete and adjacent State Senate Districts.
  • Districts shall not be drawn to favor or discriminate against an incumbent, candidate, or political party.

 

Communities of Interest: how to participate in public hearings

Communities of Interest are defined as a contiguous population which shares common social and economic interests that should be included within a single district for purposes of its effective and fair representation. Examples include areas in which the people share similar living standards, use the same transportation facilities, have similar work opportunities, or have access to the same media.

 

How to participate in the process

  • Familiarize Yourself with the Criteria-- Understand the basic rules and concepts affecting redistricting.
  • Organize Your Community-- Find neighbors or organizations interested in redistricting, especially those sharing your views. Create a coalition with a set of principles.
  • Clarify Your Goals-- What issues do you and your neighbors care about? How does influencing the maps help your cause?
  • Testify at Hearings-- Provide testimonies about your community (the more the better). Present maps, community profiles, and impact stories.
  • Advocate for Your Community—You know better than us what your community looks like and what the boundaries are.

 

Define Your Community or Someone Else Will!

 

For more information: https://www.wedrawthelinesca.org/
Link to Regional Commissioner Biographies: https://wedrawthelines.ca.gov/bios/