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County of Orange commences Redistricting 2021 effort

The County of Orange will begin the process for redistricting the County Supervisorial districts this summer.

Redistricting is the regular process of adjusting the lines of voting districts in accordance with population shifts. The redistricting process is done every 10 years for local, state and federal governmental bodies by using updated Census data. The 2021 County of Orange redistricting process will use data from the 2020 Census, which release from the United States Census Bureau has been significantly delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The delayed release of adjusted data from the State is expected by the end of September 2021. Local jurisdictions, including the County of Orange, must complete the redistricting process by no later than December 15, 2021, to allow for the new supervisorial districts to be ready for use in the June 7, 2022 primary election.

The 2021 County of Orange Redistricting will involve a robust public outreach to engage communities in the redistricting process by holding public hearings and/or workshops and inviting public comments at meetings and in writing. At the June 22, 2021 Board of Supervisors’ meeting at 2 p.m. time certain, the County will hold its first public hearing inviting comments on redistricting and will provide a presentation about redistricting and how the public can engage in the process as well as receive public comment.

As part of the presentation, the County will present its updated plan to engage communities in the redistricting process through public hearings and workshops, as well as public outreach including to non-English-speaking communities. Information on these upcoming redistricting activities will be updated on the County’s website at www.ocgov.com/redistricting. In addition, the County has created a dedicated email address and phone line for members of the public to submit questions or comments regarding the County’s redistricting process. The email address is [email protected] and the phone number is (714) 834-6000.

This article was released by the City of Los Alamitos.