Redistricting Post 2021 Census

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City of Richmond Redistricting Process

Every ten years, local governments use new census data to redraw their district lines to reflect how local populations have changed. Assembly Bill 849 (2019) requires cities and counties to engage communities in the redistricting process by holding public hearings and/or workshops and doing public outreach, including to non-English-speaking communities. 

What is redistricting?

Every ten years, districts must be redrawn so that each district is substantially equal in population. This process, called redistricting, is important in ensuring that each city councilmember represents about the same number of constituents. In Richmond, the City Council is responsible for drawing council districts. Redistricting is done using U.S. Census data, which is released around March 31, 2021. For the City of Richmond, the redistricting process must be completed by April 17, 2022. 

Why does redistricting matter to me?

Redistricting determines which neighborhoods and communities are grouped together into a district for purposes of electing a councilmember. 

The City Council will seek input in selecting the next district map for our City Council. You have an opportunity to share with the City Council how you think district boundaries should be drawn to best represent your community. 

You can contact the City Clerk via email to CityClerkDept@ci.richmond.ca.us or at (510) 620-6513 to find out more about how the process works. 

What do the existing council districts look like?

You can find a map of the City’s current council districts here: Interactive Mapping Tool 

What criteria will our City Council use when drawing district lines?

1.     Federal Laws 

  • Equal Population (based on total population of residents as determined by the most recent federal decennial census and adjusted to reassign incarcerated persons to the last known place of residence)
  • Federal Voting Rights Act
  • No Racial Gerrymandering

2.    California Criteria for Cities (to the extent practicable and in the following order of priority)

  1. Geographically contiguous (areas that meet only at the points of adjoining corners are not contiguous.  Areas that are separated by water and not connected by a bridge, tunnel, or ferry service are not contiguous.
  2. Undivided neighborhoods and “communities of interest” (Socio-economic geographic areas that should be kept together for purposes of its effective and fair representation)
  3. Easily identifiable boundaries
  4. Compact (Do not bypass one group of people to get to a more distant group of people)

         Prohibited:  “Shall not favor or discriminate against a political party.”

How will our City Council notify the public about redistricting?

The City Council will reach out to local media to publicize the redistricting process. Also, we will make a good faith effort to notify community groups of various kinds about the redistricting process. Our public hearings or workshops will be provided in applicable languages if residents submit a request in advance. The City Council will notify the public about redistricting hearings or workshops, post maps online before adoption, and create a dedicated web page for all relevant information about the redistricting process. 

How can I get involved?

The City Council will be holding hearings or workshops to receive public input on where district lines should be drawn. Those hearings or workshops will be held on: 

DATEDAYTIMELOCATIONEVENT
07/06/2021Tuesday7:00 PMRichmond1st pre-draft hearing
09/14/2021Tuesday7:00 PMRichmond2nd pre-draft hearing
01/18/2022Tuesday7:00 PMRichmond1st post-draft hearing
02/01/2022Tuesday7:00 PMRichmond2nd post-draft hearing

You can also submit public comments, including suggested draft maps, by emailing: CityClerkDept@ci.richmond.ca.us.  See published agenda for other ways to participate; translation services will be available.  

Where can I find out more?

The City maintains a webpage on the city’s redistricting process here: www.ci.richmond.ca.us/redistricting