What is the Redistricting California Collaborative?
The Redistricting CA Collaborative is a collection of statewide and regional organizations working together to empower demographically and geographically underrepresented communities to fully participate in CA’s statewide redistricting process.
We imagine a day where enacted public policies are responsive to the needs of low-income people of color and designed to create collective success. Whereby elected offcials both represent and are responsive to their residents, especially those in the highest need. That district lines are determined by residents to enhance power at the local level and lift the voice of their communities.
What is redistricting?
Redistricting is the process of redrawing the lines of
legislative districts to ensure equal and equitable
political representation of residents.
This process usually occurs once every decade
following the decennial census, and it affects political
districts at the:
Why is redistricting Important to me?
We only have one shot every ten years to shape who gets elected and what policy matters to us. We, the people, can have a real impact for our family, neighborhood, city, county, and state by becoming informed, empowered, and fully engaged in the redistricting process to ensure fair district lines are drawn in CA.
How will redistricting work in California?
Since 2011, Congressional, State Senate, State Assembly, and Board of Equalization districts are redrawn by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission (CRC). The CRC is an independent redistricting commission comprising 14 commissioners who are neither legislators nor public offcials.
The California State Auditor will help create the Citizens Redistricting Commission. From June 10th, 2019 – August 9th, 2019, the Auditor will accept applications from interested citizens to serve on the commission. The 14 commissioners will be selected by August 15th, 2020.
Once the commission is formed, they will decide on maps through a transparent deliberation process that requires public engagement and encouraging public input.