Election ’22: Redistribution Commission seeks comments on political maps | New

The maps of the legislative areas of Congress and the State of California change every 10 years and are currently in the process of being redrawn for the November 2022 election.

On November 10, the California Citizens Redistricting Commission released its first round of draft maps for the state assembly, state senate, and congressional districts. These maps are available on the website of the commission. They are likely to be redrawn on the basis of comments submitted by constituents.

This independent organization is seeking public comment on these proposed changes to political border areas until 23 November. She must finalize the cards and submit them to the Secretary of State’s office by December 27.

The maps offered are based on 2020 demographic data collected by the US Census Bureau. Each congressional or state legislative district must have an approximately equal population of residents, and according to the state’s voting rights law, minority groups must have equal opportunities to vote for representatives. Cities, neighborhoods and other “communities of interest” also cannot be divided on the new maps.

The seat of California’s 7th Congressional District is up for election next year, and its current rep, Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove, has noted that it is still early in the redistribution process and that card projects will suffer. probably several changes due to public testimony given to the Commission.

“Regardless of the process, I look forward to continuing to represent the Sacramento County suburbs, including my Elk Grove home, in the United States House of Representatives,” he said.

The Congressional District of Bera currently covers eastern and most of southern Sacramento County. Its boundary extends to Citrus Heights and Folsom in the north, the Rosemont area of ​​Sacramento in the west, the eastern county border in the east, and the town of Galt border in the south.

In the first draft of the 7th Congressional District map, its district would be expanded to cover Galt to the south, downtown Sacramento to the north, Rancho Murieta to the east, and Clarksburg to the west. Bera’s hometown of Elk Grove would remain in her district.

As for the proposed changes to the state’s legislative maps, Elk Grove would also remain in his state assembly and senate districts. The 9th Assembly District, represented by Democrat Jim Cooper of Elk Grove, would extend to Interstate 5 in the west, the Sheldon area of ​​Elk Grove in the east, the southern border from Elk Grove to the south and south to Sacramento to the north.

Senator Richard Pan’s District 6 seat of Senate will be open for election next year as he has reached his term limit. The first map proposed for this district could cover most of Sacramento County. This district could extend north to Antelope, east to Rosemont, west to Sacramento’s Parkway and south to Elk Grove.

Readers can view the proposed maps and submit their comments to the California Citizens Redistricting Commission at www.WeDrawTheLinesCA.org.

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