Redistricting Frequently Asked Questions

QUESTION: What timeframe applies to the campaign contribution requirements that commissioners and applicants "may not endorse, work for, volunteer for, or make a campaign contribution to, a candidate for an elective office of the County?" 

ANSWER: A person would be disqualified from applying to and serving on the Commission if they have already made a contribution, or during their service on the Commission make a contribution, to any person who has already identified themselves as a candidate for an elective office of the County for the 2022 or 2024 cycle  (i.e. has already formed a campaign committee for a 2022 or 2024 election for Supervisor, District Attorney, Sheriff, or Assessor). Once the Commission has completed its work and the Board of Supervisors has adopted the new supervisorial district boundaries, there are no continuing requirements to refrain from endorsing, working for, volunteering for, or making campaign contributions to such candidates. The requirement does not extend to candidates for local, state, or federal officers that are not County officers. 

 

QUESTION: Will the Advisory Redistricting Commission meetings occur virtually or in person? 

ANSWER: Currently the County is planning to convene virtual meetings. However, the County's ability to convene virtual Brown Act meetings was granted during the COVID-19 State of Emergency as an executive order from the governor. The state of emergency may be rescinded by the state of California and meetings may need to occur in person. There is some legislation pending that may provide for virtual participation, which the County is monitoring closely. 

 

QUESTION: I am currently serving as a commissioner on a County commission. Do I need to resign my seat to be considered eligible to be appointed as an Advisory Redistricting Commissioner? 

ANSWER: Yes, applications will be reviewed on June 1st and to be eligible, you will need to resign from your current appointment. 

 

QUESTION: I don’t have the time to serve as a commissioner. How else can I be involved in redistricting? 

ANSWER: During the redistricting process, community members will have many opportunities to participate including: 

• Apply to be a member of the 2021 Advisory Redistricting Commission 

• Attend and speak at the 2021 Advisory Redistricting Commission meetings 

• Submit maps electronically throughout the process for the district you want or the district map you prefer. 

As new opportunities to participate become available, they will be posted on the County’s redistricting website: www.sccgov.org/2021redistricting

 

QUESTION: When is the deadline to apply to be a 2021 Advisory Redistricting Commissioner? 

ANSWER: Applications are posted on the County’s website and can be complete online through Docusign. Applications are due on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 9:00 am. 

 

QUESTION: When will the 2021 Advisory Redistricting Commission meet? 

ANSWER: Meetings of the 2021 Advisory Redistricting Commission will occur every other Wednesday from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm from July through September. From October through November meetings will occur weekly on Wednesdays from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. 

 

QUESTION: Why is redistricting important? 

ANSWER: Every 10 years, the County redraws district boundaries, taking into account population changes reflected in the Census. Redistricting is based on the idea of fair representation and determines which neighborhoods and communities are grouped together into a supervisorial district for purposes of electing a Board of Supervisor member. This will influence how effectively a community is represented in county government.  

The County is encouraging applicants who reflect the diverse composition of our County. Robust community engagement will ensure supervisorial district boundaries are redrawn to best reflect and serve our community. The 15-member commission (3 from each supervisorial district) will hold public hearings and mapping sessions, collect community input, and recommend to the Board of Supervisors an updated placement of the supervisorial district boundaries based on the 2020 census data. The district boundaries must be in place before the next election cycle, so that candidates and voters know which district they reside in. 

 

QUESTION: How can I learn more about redistricting? 

ANSWER: To learn more visit the County’s website www.sccgov.org/2021redistricting, read the County’s press release, or email the redistricting team at [email protected]

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