Why should we care about redistricting?
One of the greatest powers that the people of California have is to elect their own representatives to conduct the business of their government. How the district boundaries are configured can make the difference between empowering and maximizing the voters’ voices or minimizing and muting those voices. The independent California Citizens Redistricting Commission (“Commission”) is committed to drawing fair districts that reflect the best interests of the people, not the incumbent politicians.
Why Do We Have a Commission?
Every 10 years, after the federal government publishes updated census information, California must redraw the boundaries of its Congressional, State Senate, State Assembly, and State Board of Equalization districts, so that the districts correctly reflect the state’s population.
February – May: Education Presentations
June-October: Public Input Meetings
September 30: Census Data Expected to the State
October 31: Census Data Expected to the Commission
November-December: Public Input Meetings/Line Drawing Sessions
December: Draft District Maps Released
January: Public Input Meetings/Line Drawing Sessions
February: District Maps Released
February 15: Final District Maps to CA Secretary of State
June 7: California Primary Election