California Common Cause is working to bring independent, community-led redistricting to jurisdictions across California. We sponsored legislation that allows cities and counties to adopt their own independent redistricting commissions; established standardized redistricting criteria to keep communities together; and expanded community access and participation in the redistricting process. With the redistricting cycle underway in California, we are developing resources to educate community groups, local jurisdictions, and members of the public about the process, including:
- Redistricting Materials to Help Guide Communities to Engage in their Local Redistricting Process
- Redistricting Materials From Our Partners
- Other Helpful Resources for Local Redistricting
- Examples of Public Input and Community Testimony
- Recorded Community Presentations and Workshops: Mapping, Demographics, & the Law (April 6, 2021)
- Redistricting Workshop: Local Redistricting Train-the-Trainer For Community Based Organizations (July 13, 2021)
- Recorded Redistricting Workshop for Cities & Counties (January 28, 2021)
- Informational Redistricting Slide Decks
Be sure to bookmark this page and check back often as it will be updated over the course of 2021 with materials from Common Cause and our partners to support you and your community’s engagement in the redistricting process! Additionally, you can go to localredistricting.org for resources and guidance on setting up a redistricting commission under “Research and Resources”.
Visit our Local Redistricting Calendar to stay updated on important redistricting related dates and deadlines.
If you have any questions or would like to request assistance, please contact the California Common Cause team at RedistrictingCA@commoncause.org.
Please note: Local redistricting timelines in California may be adjusted by further legislation in response to the Census Bureau’s announcement of its updated Census data delivery schedule.
Redistricting Materials Made By California Common Cause
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Local Redistricting 101 Fact Sheet
Local Redistricting Checklist: Requirements and Best Practices
Local Redistricting 2021 Legal Guide - ACLU and Common Cause
School Board & Special District Redistricting Requirements
Template for Community of Interest Testimony
Train-the-Trainer PowerPoint: Local Redistricting in California 101
Roadmap for Navigating the FAIR Maps Act: New Legal Requirements and Best Practices
California City & County Redistricting: New Timing Requirements and Deadlines
We Draw the Lines: A Comprehensive Guide to Redistricting Rules & How to Get Involved
Campaign Guide for Creating a Redistricting Commission
Guide for Participating in the Redistricting Process
NEW: Social Media Toolkit - Email and Outreach Templates
Train-the-Trainer PowerPoint: Local Redistricting for Community Based Organizations.
Recursos en Español
NUEVO: Medios de Comunicación Social
Hoja Informativa 101 sobre la Redistribución de Distritos Locales
Testimonio de la Comunidad de Interés
Lista de Redistribución Locales
Redistricting Materials From Our Partners
FairMaps California Redistricting Toolkit, created by the League of Women Voters of California (2020)
Local Government Redistricting Toolkit: A Resource for California’s Local Governments in the 2021-2022 Redistricting Cycle, created by Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus (2020)
California Secretary of State Local Redistricting Resources: Translated Internet Templates and Applicable Languages (updated in June 2021)
NEW RESOURCE added on July 1: Best Practices for Outreach to AAPI and Limited-English-Proficient Communities in Local Redistricting, created by Asian Americans Advancing Justice California (2021)
Other Helpful Resources for Local Redistricting
How-to: Setting up Language interpretation in meetings and webinars on Zoom
Think Access: Tips for Providing Access to People with Disabilities (from Disability Counts 2020 Census effort)
California Disability Agencies and Resources for Accommodations (from Disability Counts 2020 Census effort)
Examples of Public Input
Redistricting Workshop: Mapping, Demographics, & the Law (April 6, 2021)
Redistricting Workshop: Local Redistricting Train-the-Trainer For Community Based Organizations (July 13, 2021)
Redistricting Workshop for Cities & Counties (January 28, 2021)
View the workshop recording on YouTube
Speaker Presentation Slides
José Del Río III, California Common Cause: Local Redistricting Train-the-Trainer for Community Based Organizations.
Kathay Feng, Common Cause: Redistricting 101
Nicolas Heidorn, Senate Elections Committee: Hearing and Outreach Requirements
Jonathan Mehta Stein, California Common Cause: Engaging the Public in Redistricting
Randi Johl, City of Temecula: A Practitioner’s Lens to Public Outreach
Karin MacDonald, California Statewide Database: Mapping Technology and Tools
Justin Levitt, Loyola Law School: The Voting Rights Act and Other Redistricting Criteria
Angelo Ancheta, California Citizens Redistricting Commission (2011-2020): Local Redistricting Criteria – Processes and Practical Considerations