Redistricting 2021

What is Redistricting?

Every ten years, San Bernardino County uses new census data to redraw its supervisorial district lines to reflect how local populations have changed.  State law requires the county to engage communities in the redistricting process by holding public meetings and doing public outreach, including to non-English-speaking communities.

Every ten years, districts must be redrawn so that each supervisorial district is substantially equal in population. This process, called redistricting, is important in ensuring that each board member represents about the same number of constituents. The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors is responsible for drawing supervisorial districts. The Board of Supervisors has adopted an ordinance establishing an Advisory Redistricting Commission that is required to recommend to the Board of Supervisors a minimum of two possible supervisorial district maps.  Redistricting will be based on the 2020 U.S. Census data, which is anticipated to be released to the State on September 30, 2021. For San Bernardino County, the redistricting process must be completed by December 15, 2021.

Procedure for Public Participation in Redistricting

Each district shall be relatively equal in population and comply with the U.S. Constitution, California Constitution and Federal Voting Rights Act.  In addition, to the extent practicable, district lines shall be adopted using the following criteria:

  1. Geographically contiguous districts (each supervisorial district should share a common border with the next).
  2. The geographic integrity of local neighborhoods or communities of interest shall be respected in a manner that minimizes its division.
  3. Geographic integrity of a city shall be respected in a manner that minimizes its division.
  4. Easily identifiable boundaries that follow natural or artificial barriers (rivers, streets, highways, rail lines, etc.).
  5. Lines shall be drawn to encourage geographic compactness.  In addition, boundaries shall not be drawn for purposes of favoring or discriminating against a political party.

Below is the San Bernardino County 2021 redistricting process. You may attend any scheduled live streaming meetings. If you attend the meetings in person you can voice your comments in front of the Commission or Board of Supervisors. Or you can submit a written comment.

Step 1- Submit a Draft Map

Through the County’s vendor, Maptitude, the public has the ability to create electronic draft maps to provide to the County and to indicate communities of interest. User account is required to create and submit maps in Maptitude.

Watch the following tutorial for steps on how to submit a draft map.

San Bernardino County Map

Step 2- Commission Map Review

In compliance with established Federal and State law criteria, maps submitted will be analyzed and presented to the Advisory Redistricting Commission for review at public meetings.

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Step 3- Attend a Public Meeting

Implementing COVID compliant social distancing guidelines, the Advisory Redistricting Commission will facilitate numerous public meetings throughout San Bernardino County, to engage the public in the redistricting process and review draft maps submitted within the established criteria. The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors will also hold public meetings. Click here for dates, times and locations.

Step 4- Board of Supervisors Map Adoption

Based on Federal and State law criteria, the Advisory Redistricting Commission will recommend a minimum of two possible maps to the Board of Supervisors for adoption consideration. Final map to be adopted by the Board of Supervisors on or before December 15, 2021.

Meeting Calendar

Public meetings will be hosted throughout San Bernardino County to keep the public engaged throughout the redistricting process. Find the meeting in your area by checking the calendar for dates and locations nearest you. Translation services are available for each meeting, if requested 72 hours in advance. Contact the Clerk of the Board at 909-387-3841 for more information.   

Can’t attend in person? All public meetings will be made available via the website for livestreaming. Check the calendar for more information.

Advisory Redistricting Commission Meeting

July 26, 2021 1:00 pm-3:00 pm
San Bernardino County Government Center
385 N. Arrowhead Avenue, 1st Floor
San Bernardino, CA 92415-0835 United States

Advisory Redistricting Commission Meeting
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San Bernardino County Government Center
385 N. Arrowhead Avenue, 1st Floor
San Bernardino, CA 92415-0835

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