Every ten years, local governments use new census data to redraw their district lines to reflect how local populations have changed. This process, called redistricting, is important in ensuring that each Supervisor represents about the same number of constituents. Redistricting is done using U.S. Census data, which is anticipated to be released around September 30, 2021.
Your input is needed to redraw voting districts for Supervisors, and one way you can participate is by assisting the County in developing a list of “communities of interest” (COI) that can be utilized in the process to redraw district lines.
What do the existing supervisorial districts look like?
You can find a map of the County’s current supervisorial districts here.
What is a Community of Interest (COI)?
A Community of Interest is a group of people that: share common social or economic interests, live in a geographically definable area, and should be included within a single district for purposes of effective and fair representation in future elections.
There are some communities of interest that are considered “protected classes” in that they have rights through state or federal civil rights or voting rights laws. Some examples of protected classes in districting would be ethnic and racial minorities such as a concentration of Latinx, Asian, or African American people.
There are other potential COI that can also be considered in redistricting, such as: senior citizens, college students, people who live in a particular neighborhood, or even people who share concerns such as parents with young children, bicycle enthusiasts, topic interest group, etc.
COI does not include relationships with political parties, incumbents, or political candidates.
What You Can Do to Participate in the Process
1. Provide your comments on your community of interest by completing the online COI worksheet below.
2. Complete the COI worksheet and return by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or return a hard copy to the Merced County Board of Supervisors Office at 2222 M St. Merced, CA 95340. If you need additional space for your responses to the questions, then please feel free to attach a sheet of paper.
3. Attend one of the County’s Public Hearings and Community Workshop.