2021 Redistricting Process - How You Can Help Shape Lake County’s Future
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.
The maps you help us create will define Lake County’s 5 District borders, and these new County districts will determine how you elect your Lake County Supervisors in the next 10 years.
The primary goal when redrawing Election Districts is to draw lines that respect neighborhoods, history, as well as geographical considerations. So, we need to hear from you:
What do YOU consider the boundaries of your neighborhood?
Share your thoughts, submit a map, or attend a public hearing to be involved in this process!
August 31, 2021
October 2, 2021
November 2, 2021
November 30, 2021
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 each board member represents about the same number of constituents. In Lake County, the Board of Supervisors is responsible for drawing Supervisorial Districts. Redistricting is done using U.S. Census data, which is typically released around March 31, 2021. For the County of Lake, 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 YOUR 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. You can contact County staff at [email protected] to find out more about how the process works.
What do our 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 possible, District lines will be adopted using the following criteria:
Boundaries WILL 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 (LakeCoNews and the Record-Bee) to publicize the Redistricting process. We will also make a good faith effort to notify community groups of various kinds about the Redistricting process.
Public Hearings will be provided in applicable languages if residents submit a request in advance, at [email protected].
The Board of Supervisors will notify the public about Redistricting Public Hearings, post maps online before adoption, and maintain this dedicated web page for all relevant information about the Redistricting process.
How can I get involved?
The Board of Supervisors will be holding Public Hearings at the Lake County Courthouse (255 N. Forbes St., Lakeport, in the Board Chambers) to receive Public Input on where District lines should be drawn.
In-person participation will be facilitated to the maximum extent practical, considering COVID-19 precautions, and electronic participation will be available via Zoom (accessible by landline or mobile phone and/or any internet-connective device).
Just want to listen? You can, on Lake County PEG TV, Facebook, and YouTube!
Q. What is a community of interest?
A. The California Constitution defines a community of interest as:
A community of interest is 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 of such shared interests are those common to an urban area, a rural area, an industrial area, or an agricultural area, and those common to 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 of communication relevant to the election process. Communities of interest shall not include relationships with political parties, incumbents, or political candidates.
-Section 2(d)(4) of Article XXI of the California Constitution https://wedrawthelines.ca.gov/faq/