Why map your community?

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Mapping your community and identifying its shared interests allows public officials to take your community’s concerns into account during redistricing.

What is

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Every ten years, the United States draws new voting districts. District lines decide who votes for which representatives in local, state, and federal elections.

What is gerrymandering?

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Politicians have been splitting up or packing together communities into voting districts that silence their voices. Mapping your community of interest helps fight gerrymandering.

What is a Community of Interest?

A Community of Interest is a geographic area that shares cultural, historical, or economic interests.

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Your neighborhood
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People you want to choose representatives with
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A local group connected by an interest

Redistricting in your state:

In California, maps are drawn by the California Citizen Redistricting Commission, by late December 15, 2021.

In addition to the federal requirements of one person, one vote and the Voting Rights Act, California’s state constitution requires that state legislative and congressional districts: 

  • be compact
  • be contiguous
  • preserve political subdivisions
  • preserve communities of interest
  • do not consider partisan data (except where required by federal law)
  • do not favor or disfavor an incumbent, candidate for office, or political party

In the redistricting process, your state requires the consideration of communities of interest (COIs). Under the state constitution, a community of interest is defined as a contiguous population which shares common social and economic interests. Communities do not include relationships with political parties, incumbents, or political candidates. Add your community to contribute your voice to the redistricting process.

See community maps drawn in California