Awareness for public participation
Placer County unveiled its new Redistricting Placer interactive website, at today’s Oversight Council meeting in Auburn – a roadmap on how residents can participate in redefining the Placer Watch District boundaries to reflect reported population changes Census 2020.
Key website features include the new redistribution explainer video featuring Placer County Clerk-Recorder and Voters Registrar Ryan Ronco, an interactive map, redistribution schedule, FAQs and more. Residents can also sign up to receive email updates on the redistribution process, including future opportunities for feedback.
The new website is part of county community outreach efforts to promote public participation in redefining the boundaries of the county’s five watch districts.
District lines can shape a community’s ability to elect a representative of its choice.
Redistribution takes place every 10 years after the federal census. District boundaries of elected offices at federal, state and local levels are redrawn to reflect new demographics and changing populations. Redistricting Placer focuses only on redefining the district boundaries for the county.
Census data allows county officials to realign surveillance districts within their jurisdiction, taking into account changes in population growth since the last census and ensuring equal representation of their constituents in accordance with the “one person, one vote” principle. Of the Voting Rights Act.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and changes in the federal administration, the US Census Bureau has indicated that states will not receive 2020 census data for local jurisdictions until later in the summer. The data has always been released at the end of March. Counties do not expect to receive this final data until the end of September.
The supervisory board today approved the county redistribution schedule, which allows for the completion of the Placer 2021 county redistribution effort with ample opportunities for public participation.
Following the state’s 30-day review, the county will have a tight deadline this fall for staff to analyze final census data and receive community feedback on potential monitoring limits and limitations. preliminary map alternatives, hold public meetings and review and adopt final maps.
Community members can provide feedback on the redistricting of boundaries at upcoming Redistricting Advisory Board meetings in addition to the Redistricting Placer website.
The 2021 redistribution process and schedule includes Redistribution Advisory Board hearings, community outreach meetings and sub-regional briefings, and a Placer County Supervisory Board meeting for the final review. of the revised map and action.
In February, the council voted to appoint the Placer County Planning Commission to act as the county’s redistribution advisory commission to draw redistribution maps, the recommendations of which will ultimately be presented to the public and to the council for evaluation and formal selection.