Every ten years, local governments use new census data to redraw their district lines to reflect how local populations have changed. Assembly Bill 849 (2019) requires cities and counties to engage communities in the redistricting process by holding public hearings and/or workshops and doing public outreach, including to non-English-speaking communities.
What is redistricting?
Every ten years, districts must be redrawn so that each district is substantially equal in population. This process, called redistricting, is important in ensuring that each board member represents about the same number of constituents. In Calaveras, the Board of Supervisors is responsible for drawing supervisorial districts. Redistricting is done using U.S. Census data, which is anticipated to be released by September 30, 2021. For the County of Calaveras, the redistricting process must be completed by December 15, 2021.
Why does redistricting matter to me?
Redistricting determines which neighborhoods and communities are grouped together into a district for purposes of electing a board member. The Board of Supervisors will seek input in selecting the next district map for our supervisorial districts. You have an opportunity to share with the Board of Supervisors how you think district boundaries should be drawn to best represent your community.
What do the existing supervisorial districts look like?
You can find a map of the County's current supervisorial districts here.
What criteria will our Board of Supervisors use when drawing district lines?
To the extent practicable, district lines will be adopted using the following criteria: (1) geographically contiguous districts (each supervisorial district should share a common border with the next), (2) the geographic integrity of local neighborhoods or communities shall be respected in a manner that minimizes its division, (3) geographic integrity of a city shall be respected in a manner that minimizes its division, (4) easily identifiable boundaries that follow natural or artificial barriers (rivers, streets, highways, rail lines, etc.), and (5) lines shall be drawn to encourage geographic compactness. In addition, boundaries shall not be drawn for purposes of favoring or discriminating against a political party.
How will our Board of Supervisors notify the public about redistricting?
The Board of Supervisors will reach out to local media to publicize the redistricting process. Also, we will make a good faith effort to notify community groups of various kinds about the redistricting process. Our public hearings and workshops will be provided in applicable languages if residents submit a request in advance. The Board of Supervisors will notify the public about redistricting hearings and workshops, post maps online before adoption, and create a dedicated web page for all relevant information about the redistricting process.
How can I get involved?
The Board of Supervisors wil be holding hearings to receive public input on where district lines should be drawn. Those hearings will be held on:
- June 15, 2021 at 10 am - Public Hearing #1 Pre-Draft Map: Presentation to the Board of Supervisors on the redistricting process. Review current maps and community comments submitted to date. Explain the process for submitting maps for consideration and providing comments.
- July - September 2021 (Dates and Times to be determined) - Pre-Draft Map Public Workshops: Supervisor lead town hall workshops.
- Date TBD - Public Hearing #1 Post Draft Maps: Presentation to the Board of Supervisors. Review draft map alternatives. Solicit public comment on the proposed draft maps. Staff to receive direction from the Board based on public comments for map revisions.
- Date TBD - Public Hearing #2 Post Draft Maps: Soliciting public comment on the proposed draft maps. Staff to receive direction from the Board based on public comments for map revisions
To view agendas, live feed and past recordings or minutes of the Board of Supervisors hearings click here.
Where can I find out more?
The County maintains a webpage on the County's redistricting process here.