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Local Redistricting in Orange County
What is Redistricting?
Redistricting is the process of redrawing the boundaries of the County's districts, which represent specific geographic areas, that elect the members of the Board of Supervisors. The process is designed to account for population and demographic shifts. This effort occurs every ten years following the United States decennial census and is the responsibility of both State and local governments. Redistricting is governed by Federal and State constitutional and statutory laws.
NOTE: The proposed changes would not be effective during the election on November 2, 2021. The changes would become effective for any election(s) in 2022.
The Orange County Board of Supervisors is in the process of completing the Decennial Redistricting for 2020-2021. Key dates are below:
|September 14, 2021 ▪ 3:30 p.m.|
Board of Supervisors’ WorksessionIntroduce adjusted Census data, discuss overall process, provide demo of interactive GIS module to reconfigure boundaries, and receive general input.
|September 28, 2021 ▪ 5:00 p.m.|
Board of Supervisors’ Regular MeetingPresent reconfigured district and precinct boundaries, set proposed polling places, and authorize staff to advertise for public hearing.
|October 12, 2021 ▪ 5:00 p.m.|
Public Input Session during Regular MeetingReview any public comment received to-date and offer an opportunity for in-person comments.
|October 26, 2021 ▪ 5:00 p.m.|
Board of Supervisors’ Public HearingOpen the public hearing, review public comment received to-date, accept in-person comments, and defer action until after the election.
District Boundary Maps
Click the map to view the current district boundaries (left) and the proposed district boundaries (right).
|Last Update: October 5, 2021|
Precinct Boundary Maps
Click the map to view the current precinct boundaries (left) and the proposed precinct boundaries (right).
|Last Update: October 5, 2021|
Polling Place Locations
Click the chart to view the current polling place locations (left) and the proposed polling place locations (right).
|Last Update: September 30, 2021|
How can the public participate in this process?
Public input is an important part of the redistricting process. The County has created an online comment form, which allows written comments to be submitted to the County Administrator's Office for Board consideration. In-person comments can be presented during the Public Input Session on October 12, 2021, and at the Public Hearing on October 26, 2021. The County website will also be updated regularly.
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For questions, contact the County Administrator's Office at (540) 672-3313.
While the laws governing redistricting are vast, complex, and evolving, the Guide to Local Redistricting for 2021 defines the following as the basic principles to guide redistricting:
- Redistricting must be done every 10 years in the year ending in one.
- Districts must be drawn using census data.
- Districts must be equal in population.
- Districts cannot be drawn to discriminate based on race.
- Districts must be contiguous and compact.