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Process Used During 2021 Redistricting

The Process Used During Redistricting

Redistricting_WebGraphic (2)Every ten years, cities and counties across the nation use new census data to redraw their district lines to reflect how local populations have changed. California requires cities and counties to engage their residents in the redistricting process by holding public hearings and/or workshops and doing public outreach, including to non-English-speaking communities. 

What is redistricting?
Following each Census, districts must be redrawn so that each district is substantially equal in population. This process, called redistricting, is important to ensuring that each board member represents about the same number of constituents. Redistricting is done using U.S. Census data. For Yuba County and all other local governments, the deadline to complete the redistricting process is Dec. 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 assigned the task to a "Redistricting Committee" -- comprised of county staff and members of the public -- which in late September of this year began the work of collecting comments and suggestions from the community and creating district options based on that feedback.  By Nov. 24, 2021, three (3) different map options for our supervisor districts were developed  in a manner that makes sense with the new Census numbers.
How the community is notified about redistricting?
The Redistricting Committee uses public notices, local media, social media, the website and specifically this webpage to publicize each step in the redistricting process. There is also a good faith effort to notify community groups of various kinds about the redistricting process. Each public hearing and workshop includes applicable languages, when such requests are submitted in advance. 

How can you get involved?
Residents have been invited to attend public meeting, either in person or virtually via the Zoom platform. Over the past few months, Yuba County Redistricting Committee hearings/workshops were held to receive public input on where they thought district lines should be drawn. Two more public meetings are scheduled for the redistricting process: Dec. 6 and Dec. 14 (times listed at the top of this page).

Please feel free to email us with any questions: [email protected]

Public participation has been vital to the redistricting effort in each step of the process. Yuba County community members had multiple opportunities to testify during public hearings and submit written testimony directly to the Board, in English and applicable languages.

Participation in proceedings were also available via Zoom,  Public members were able to comment by using the “raise hand” function. (Executive Order N-29-20 authorizes local legislative bodies to hold public meetings via teleconference and to make public meetings accessible telephonically or otherwise electronically to all members of the public.)

Below are the 3 District Map Options
considered by the Board of Supervisors,
before selecting Map Option #3,
which moved forward for approval Dec. 14
See written comments from the public