Thursday, November 30, 2023

Redistricting Commission Hosting Public Workshop as the Deadline Nears to Determine Mendocino County’s New Districts


The following is a press release issued by the County of Mendocino’s Community-based Advisory Redistricting Commission

Mendocino County’s current district boundaries [Graphic from the County of Mendocino]

The five-member Community-based Advisory Redistricting Commission (ARC) has been working diligently over the past several months to spread information and awareness about the redistricting process. Redistricting is the process of redrawing district boundaries. It affects who represents us in government, where we go to school, and more. The County undergoes this process based on census data every ten years. In addition to facilitating and seeking public input from the residents of Mendocino County, the ARC will advise and assist the Board of Supervisors with redrawing the supervisorial district boundaries.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the County received the census data about five months late. In spite of these unusual delays in final census data, Elections Code still requires that the boundaries of the supervisorial districts shall be adopted by the Board of Supervisors no later than December 15, 2021, causing an extraordinary time crunch.  

Public comment on communities of interest for redistricting is important because it determines which neighborhoods and communities will be grouped together for the purposes of electing member of the Board of Supervisors by district. Residents have the opportunity to provide input on what kind of boundaries should be drawn to best represent their community.

The public may submit testimony in the following ways:

For more information on this process, dates of future hearings, and how you can participate and provide input visit: https://www.mendocinocounty.org/government/executive-office/redistricting.

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