Below are helpful frequently asked questions about the process. If you have additional questions, please e-mail  redistricting@countyofsb.org.

What is redistricting?2021-05-31T00:51:54+00:00

Redistricting is the process where the district lines for Congress, state legislatures, county board of supervisors, city councils, school boards and other elected officials are redrawn every 10 years based on Census data.

Redistricting ensures every person has fair representation by drawing districts with an equal number of people. How the districts are drawn determines how effectively a community is represented in the halls of government.

Why does redistricting matter to me?2021-05-27T18:18:13+00:00

Redistricting determines which neighborhoods and communities are grouped together into a district for purposes of electing a Supervisor to the County Board of Supervisors (there are five total). The Independent Commission will seek input in selecting the next district map for our supervisorial districts. You have an opportunity to share with the Commission how you think district boundaries should be drawn to best represent your community. 

To find out more about how the process works, contact redistricting@countyofsb.org.

What do the existing supervisorial districts look like?2021-05-06T22:26:39+00:00

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

What criteria will our Independent Commission use when drawing district lines?2021-05-28T17:07:45+00:00

In accordance with federal, state, and county law, the Commission must draw district lines pursuant to the following criteria, which are listed in order of priority:

  1. United States Constitution requirements, including reasonably equal population and a prohibition on racial gerrymandering
  2. Federal Voting Rights Act
  3. California Voting Rights Act
  4. Geographical contiguity, meaning all parts of the district are connected by more than just a point
  5. Geographic integrity of any neighborhood or “community of interest” shall be respected in a manner that minimizes its division
  6. Geographic integrity of a city or census designated place shall be respected in a manner that minimizes its division
  7. Easily identifiable boundaries that follow natural or artificial barriers (rivers, highways, rail lines, etc.) and streets
  8. Geographical compactness, meaning not bypassing one group of people to reach another group of people
  9. Topography, other aspects of geography not mentioned above, and cohesiveness of territory

In additional to these, the Commission may also consider other traditional redistricting criteria.

The Commission, however, is prohibited from considering the residence of any incumbent or political candidate and districts shall not be drawn for purposes of favoring or discriminating against an incumbents, political candidate, or political party.

How will Santa Barbara County notify the public about redistricting?2021-05-27T18:21:41+00:00

Santa Barbara County is reaching out to local media to publicize the redistricting process. Also, we are making a good faith effort to notifying community groups of various kinds about the redistricting process. Persons who require accommodation for any audio, visual or other disability or language interpretation in order to review redistricting materials or to participate in a public hearing per the American Disabilities Act (ADA), may obtain assistance by requesting such accommodation in writing in advance.

Santa Barbara County is notifying the public about redistricting hearings, posting maps online before adoption, and creating a dedicated web page for all relevant information about the redistricting process. Please continue checking this website for more information and resources.

How can I get involved?2021-05-31T00:53:27+00:00
  1. Provide comment and testimony during the redistricting process in 2021.
  2. Stay tuned for updates on redistricting in Santa Barbara County posted at www.drawsantabarbaracounty.org.
  3. Draw and submit a map using the public mapping tools provided on the Draw a Map page.
What do the acronyms and categories mean on the demographic sheets?2021-02-08T21:44:26+00:00

These are standard categories included in the Census. Not all of the categories are relevant for creating district maps. Acronyms include:

  • NH: Non-Hispanic
  • VAP: Voting age population
  • CVAP: Citizen Voting Age Population
  • CVRA: California Voting Rights Act
  • NDC: National Demographics Corporation (the firm hired by the County to create the maps)
Do I have to submit a completed map?2021-05-27T18:22:16+00:00

No. You can draw boundaries for just the district where your neighborhood is, or participate in map drawing for any part of the County

Can I submit more than one map?2021-05-31T00:53:51+00:00

Yes, you may submit more than one map. Please draw as many maps as you like.  We suggest you submit only your top 2-3 preferred maps to assist the commission in focusing on the map that best represents your community; however, there is no limit.

What happens to the drafted maps?2021-05-31T00:54:41+00:00

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.

Once submitted, maps are considered public records.

Where can I learn more about redistricting?2021-02-08T21:46:32+00:00
What are the incorporated cities and what is unincorporated territory in Santa Barbara County?2021-05-27T18:23:39+00:00
Who is responsible for deciding the new supervisorial district boundaries?2021-05-26T03:24:28+00:00
What are the required qualifications to be considered to serve on the Santa Barbara County Independent Redistricting Commission?2021-05-31T00:55:38+00:00
What are the steps in the selection process?2021-05-31T00:57:46+00:00
Who is my district commissioner?2021-05-21T17:17:57+00:00

To find your district commissioner, please visit our Commissioner Biographies page.

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