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.
What is an Independent Redistricting Commission?Clare Burgess2021-04-09T20:00:40+00:00
Pomona’s Independent Redistricting Commission is an independent body composed of 7 local community members, who will evaluate proposed maps and select a final map. The City’s Redistricting Commission will conduct regular public meetings once it is established, and each meeting will have opportunities for public comment.
Why does redistricting matter to me?Alex Applegate2021-04-09T20:00:25+00:00
Redistricting determines which neighborhoods and communities are grouped together into a district for purposes of electing a Council member. The City and the Commission will seek input in selecting the next district map for our districts. You have an opportunity to share how you think district boundaries should be drawn to best represent your community.
The City and the Commission will reach out to local media to publicize the redistricting process. Also, we will make a good faith effort to notify community groups of various kinds about the redistricting process. Our public hearings and workshops will be provided in applicable languages if residents submit a request in advance.
The City and the Commission will notify the public about redistricting hearings and workshops, post maps online before adoption, and keep this website up to date with relevant information about the redistricting process. Continue checking this website for more information and resources.
The City’s Redistricting Commission will be holding both hearings and workshops to receive public input on where district lines should be drawn. As dates are determined for hearings and workshops, that information will be posted to the Schedule section of this webpage. Please continue to check this website for updates throughout the redistricting process.
What do the acronyms and categories mean on the demographic sheets?Alex Applegate2021-04-09T19:46:42+00:00