Redistricting is the regular process of adjusting the lines of voting districts in accordance with population shifts. In California, public agencies and other organizations must redivide (or redraw) the lines of their districts every 10 years once the results of the Census are released so that each district is substantially equal in population. This ensures that each board member represents about the same number of constituents.
Because history has seen public agencies redraw district lines to influence elections, favor a particular party or suppress a group’s voting power, or gerrymandering, all district lines must be reviewed to meet strict requirements for population equality and voting rights protections. With the California Voting Rights Act, more than 500 jurisdictions in California must redistrict in 2021-2022.
In the City of Pomona, the City has created an Independent Redistricting Commission composed of interested community members, which is responsible for approving the drawing of the districts. Our redistricting process must be completed by May 12, 2022.