Redistricting is different than most issues that come up in County government. Instead of being limited to saying you support or oppose a County-prepared ordinance or resolution, you can draw a map yourself! Check back here soon for ways to get involved by drawing a map.

There are different tools for different purposes, and different tools for different levels of technical skill and interest.

A variety of map-drawing tools will be available:

1. Paper-only maps

Tools needed:

  • Public Participation Kit – Paper Map w/ Population Count (in English or Spanish)

2. Paper maps with a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet to calculate population totals

Tools needed:

  • Public Participation Kit – Paper Map w/ Population ID#s (in English or Spanish)
  • Public Participation Kit – Excel Spreadsheet (in English or Spanish)

3. DistrictR – a simple online map drawing tool to easily draw neighborhoods or communities of interest.

Tools needed:

4. Caliper’s Maptitude Online Redistricting – a mapping tool to draw maps census block by census block and submit maps electronically.

Tools needed:

5. Santa Barbara County Interactive Map to zoom in and out on map boundaries, view population counts/ID#s, and view draft maps (once the draft maps are released).

Tools needed:

6. Additional Map-Drawing Resources

Submit maps to If you would like to submit a map created using your own software, please email to and include: (1) a GIS Shapefile and/or a Census Block equivalency file (using 2020 Census Blocks); and, (2) a description of the choices and key points of your map. After you submit your map, the demographic consultants will generate the population and other demographic details for your proposed map.  Maps can be viewed on the Draft Maps page or on the Interactive Review Map.