Redistricting is the process of redrawing electoral districts in response to new census data, to ensure that the districts have equal numbers of people.
So, what exactly is redistricting and why is it important?
These districts determine individual and community representation. Citizen participation in the redistricting process is needed to ensure that the new boundaries provide fair electoral opportunities for all. Revised district boundaries remain in effect for ten years.
Goleta Water District Redistricting
Goleta Water District is in the process of drawing voting district lines for its Board of Directors for the first time ever. They are inviting people to get their input on how district lines should be drawn and raise awareness of this once-in-a-decade districting process.
Schedule of Public Hearings:
#1 - Virtual Tuesday, September 28, 2021 | 6:00pm
Location: Virtual via Zoom, join the meeting by Zoom webinar ID: 876 9008 5821
Register to speak before the meeting by visiting this link.
If you would prefer to attend by telephone, dial (888) 788 0099 and then enter the webinar ID (876 9008 5821).
#2 - In–Person Saturday, October 16, 2021 | 1:00pm
Location: Goleta Union School District Board Room
401 N. Fairview Ave., Goleta, CA 93117
*In-person hearing may change to virtual if necessary.
You can also submit public comments, including suggested draft maps, by contacting Mary Capps at (805) 879-4621 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Full meeting information is available here.
Additional information on the districting process can be found on Goleta Water District’s website here.
Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors Redistricting
Every 10 years, local governments use new data from the Census to redraw their district lines to reflect how local populations have changed. State law requires cities and counties to engage communities in the redistricting process by holding public hearings and doing public outreach, including to non-English-speaking communities. The County of Santa Barbara is asking for your help to plan, draw, and redivide new County districts. For the first time ever, there is an Independent Citizen's Redistricting Commission.
The finalized maps that you help them create will define the five Santa Barbara County district borders, and these new County districts will impact how you elect your Santa Barbara County Supervisors for the next 10 years. Additional information can be found here.
Here is information on different ways you can draw a map to share by October 18.
The calendar of upcoming meetings is on their website here.
Submit your thoughts on local “communities of interest” via email at email@example.com, on SBCIRC’s website at drawsantabarbaracounty.org or during public comment
Language interpretation and requests for disability-related modification or accommodation, including auxiliary aids or devices, may be arranged by emailing a request to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 24 hours prior to the Commission meeting.
Para solicitar traducción del idioma o una modificación por discapacidad, incluso los soportes auxiliares y los dispositivos, se puede mandar un correo electrónico a email@example.com al menos 24 horas antes de la reunión de la Comisión.