What is Redistricting?
Redistricting is the process of adjusting ward boundaries in order to equalize populations following the federal census, which is conducted every ten years. The process is governed by federal and state laws as well as a Board Resolution which sets forth the procedures for fixing the boundaries of the five wards. The resolution requires that the five wards be as nearly equal in population as practicable, and in establishing the wards, that the Board recognize the importance of providing members of racial and ethnic minority groups the same opportunity to participate in the political process and to elect representatives of their choice as other members of the electorate.
To find out what ward you live in go here. In drawing new boundaries, the following factors must also be considered to the extent practicable:
- Community of interest of the population of the ward;
- Maintaining the geographic compactness, cohesiveness, and contiguity of the ward;
- Maintaining geographic integrity by keeping cities, and census-designated places (unincorporated areas) intact;
- Topography by drawing lines that are easily understood using the natural and physical features of an area; and
The Board of Directors will set public hearings on the final proposal(s) for their regular meetings in March 2022, and it is expected that a final plan will be considered for adoption by the Board in late March.
Make A Map
Use AC Transit’s free mapping tool to draw and submit ward maps, ward boundaries, and communities of interest.