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Frequently Asked Questions
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What is Redistricting?
Redistricting is the redrawing or adjusting of electoral district boundaries following the federal Census to account for population shifts and growth during the previous decade. The redistricting process is governed by the U.S. Constitution, State and federal law.
What is the Contra Costa County's role in redistricting?
California Elections Code § 21500 requires the County Board of Supervisors to adjust the Supervisorial district boundaries every ten years following the federal Census so that the districts are as "nearly equal in population as may be" and comply with the Voting Rights Act. This year, the Board of Supervisors is required to redistrict the five Supervisorial districts using 2010 Census data. The County’s redistricting process will include broad opportunity for public review and input.
What impact does the County redistricting have on residents of the region?
Redistricting will determine the boundaries of Contra Costa County’s five Supervisor-represented districts, so everyone living in the County has a stake. Any adjustments will determine the supervisorial district within which a citizen votes, beginning with the 2012 elections. At the County, the redistricting task relates only to creating districts where residents will vote for individuals to represent them on the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors. The County does not reapportion congressional seats, adjust other electoral district boundaries or allocate federal funding for local programs.
How has the County prepared for redistricting?
The Board of Supervisors has adopted a work program that outlines the redistricting process. THe COnty's website will offer residents a way to review all aspects of the redistricting effort. The website will include maps, census data, public input opportunities, and other information for public use.
Do County residents have a voice in redistricting?
Yes. All members of the public are encouraged to share their views about County redistricting at any of the public meetings. There will be redistricting workshops held in each of the five Supervisorial districts. The purpose of the meetings is for the County to receive broad public input on the redistricting process. Members of the public may submit their own proposed redistricting plans directly to the County. Ultimately, the input from the meetings will help the County develop its redistricting plans.
What if I have more questions?
You may submit a question via the Redistricting Input form or contact Patrick Roche, Principal Planner at (925) 335-1242.
2001 Contra Costa County Redistricting Ordinance
The County Ordinance establishing the 2001 district boundaries
Laws Governing the Redistricting Process
County Supervisorial Redistricting - State Code
California Election Code Section 21500-21506
Federal Voting Right's Act of 1965
The Bay Citizen - March 9, 2011
What the Census says about the Bay Area
Contra Costa Times - March 8, 2011
Bay Area's growth slowed to a crawl, census finds by Matt O'Brian
Contra Costa Times - February 4, 2011
Contra Costa prepares to embark on redistricting journey, by Lisa Vonderbrueggen
Census Bureau Resources
Strength in Numbers
Redistricting Program Brochure
California Department of Finance: Census 2010
California Statewide Database
Statewide Redistricting Resources
The 2010 Redistricting data will also form the basis for the Statewide Redistricting Process. For more information:
California's 2010 Citizens Redistricting Commission