May 9 deadline nears to submit county redistricting plans

With the county’s May 9 deadline approaching, residents are encouraged to submit their county redistricting plans online or in person at one of two Redistricting Advisory Committee meetings before the deadline.

In county redistricting, a “plan” means a set of data that assigns census tracts or blocks to a particular supervisorial district.

Residents may propose a complete plan for the county’s five districts or a partial plan for one or more districts. The county asks that data be submitted as an electronic file.

The 2010 census data for building plans is online at the county’s redistricting website, along with detailed instructions and definitions. Each publicly-submitted plan will be published online and forwarded to the County’s Redistricting Advisory Committee for consideration.

On May 9, the Redistricting Advisory Committee will begin discussing redistricting plan proposals, and any formal plans they consider will be posted online. Residents will be encouraged to weigh in with ideas and suggestions during this part of the process. Input will be welcome in person at a Redistricting Advisory Committee meeting, by email or by U.S. mail.

A meeting schedule and details on how to submit suggestions are available online.

The County’s Redistricting Advisory Committee is a citizen’s panel charged with gathering public opinion and recommending no more than three proposed redistricting plans to the county supervisors. The committee is scheduled make its proposals to the supervisors on June 28.

The supervisors will consider redistricting plans at a series of public meetings before adopting a final plan that takes effect in early September.

For county redistricting resources, visit www.sdcounty.ca.gov/redistricting.

   
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