Redistricting – How You Can Help Shape Santa Barbara County’s Future

Final deadline to submit draft maps was Friday, November 12 at 12 p.m. Members of the public may still participate in the redistricting process by providing input on the maps that have been submitted and posted. Please visit the View Draft Maps page to see the submitted maps. You may provide input through the Contact page, via email at redistricting@countyofsb.org or at one of the Commission’s upcoming hearings. Visit the Calendar & Agenda page to view the Commission’s meeting schedule.

DistrictR, the County’s online mapping tool for its redistricting process, was updated with the official 2020 Census data on October 26. If you submitted a map using DistrictR prior to October 26, please check the Plan Summary Table to see if your map is actually balanced. If the far right column says “Yes,” then you do not need to modify your original submission to make it balanced; it already is. If that column gives a percentage value, then that means your map is not balanced, because that value needs to be less than 10%.

To sign up for updates and information about the County Supervisorial Redistricting process and future public meetings, email redistricting@countyofsb.org.

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Every 10 years, local governments use new data from the Census to redraw their district lines to reflect how local populations have changed. State law requires cities and counties to engage communities in the redistricting process by holding public hearings and doing public outreach, including to non-English-speaking communities. The County of Santa Barbara is asking for your help to plan, draw, and redivide new County districts.

The finalized maps that you will help us create will define the five Santa Barbara County district borders, and these new County districts will impact how you elect your Santa Barbara County Supervisors for the next 10 years.

Our primary goal when developing election districts is to draw lines that respect neighborhoods, history and geographical elements. So we want to know: What do you consider the boundaries of your neighborhood?

Visit the Commission’s Santa Barbara County Story Map and visit the Santa Barbara County Interactive Map where you can turn on and off the various layers of geography you wish to see.

You can find a map of the County’s current supervisorial districts here.

You can view the Demographic Summary of Current Supervisorial Districts here.

Background

In the November 2018 Statewide General Election, county voters approved Measure G that formed an 11-member independent redistricting commission to establish the electoral district boundaries in Santa Barbara County for the upcoming decade following receipt of the 2020 federal census data.

The Commission began meeting in January 2021 to review, discuss and deliberate on redistricting statutes, public outreach plans, and mapping tools for constituents to use during a series of public meetings that will be held in each district. The public is encouraged to participate in the redistricting process that is expected to be completed by December 2021.

More than 175 county residents applied to serve as a commissioner. Following a comprehensive process that included 10 public meetings, 11 seats were filled; two per district and one at-large member. To learn more about the Commission, please view the following links: