Redistricting 2021

Redistricting provides an opportunity to shift power in Orange County at all levels of government. Starting in early 2021, OCCET is engaging in robust local organizing, research, mapping, and advocacy around redistricting with the California Citizens Redistricting Commission (CCRC), Orange County Board of Supervisors, and a number of city councils, school boards, and water boards countywide.

To ensure a progressive community voice in the redistricting process, OCCET established the People’s Redistricting Alliance, a multiracial coalition of community-based organizations and residents countywide. Centering the lived experiences and needs of low-income communities and working families, we will pursue maps and other redistricting outcomes that maximize opportunities for year-round organizing, policy advocacy, and narrative shifts that advance the progressive transformation of Orange County.

What is redistricting?

Redistricting is the process by which legislative district boundaries are re-drawn to reflect changes in population. Occurring every ten years after the census, it presents an opportunity to increase community voice in government and participation in the electoral process.

  • Will Politicians Use Redistricting for Their Own Re-Elections?
    As Orange County’s powerful county supervisors gear up to redraw their own election districts, questions are mounting about whether they will protect their own re-elections by jettisoning parts of their district that didn’t vote for them, and adding in areas that are more favorable at the ballot box. – Voice of OC
  • “Help O.C.’s ethnic and beach communities boost political power”
    The small group of residents who spoke offered a common suggestion: Carve out political districts that strengthen the power of the county’s distinct ethnic communities, and then do the same for the county’s beach communities. – OC Register
  • Release: Multiracial group speaks on housing, healthcare
    Orange County residents dialed in to the first online-only hearing of California’s independent redistricting commission for the region on July 8. Many callers were Latino and Asian residents speaking out on the region’s housing and health crisis.
  • Orange County gears up to redraw voting district lines
    Orange County, cities and school districts gear up to redraw voting district lines – OC Register
  • Community Organizations Want Focus on Community, Not Politics
    The People’s Redistricting Alliance has come together to educate and engage low-income communities of color about the once-a-decade process of redrawing legislative boundaries. Alliance members expressed concern that the process that begins this year not repeat mistakes of the past. – Voice of OC
  • Release: Organizations Want Focus on Community, Not Politics
    The People’s Redistricting Alliance has come together to educate and engage low-income communities of color about the once-a-decade process of redrawing legislative boundaries. Alliance members expressed concern that the process that begins this year not repeat mistakes of the past.
  • OC to vote on supervisor district map
    The Board of Supervisors have done little public outreach for input on where those district lines should be drawn. – KCRW
  • Will the Public Get a Say on Who Represents Them?
    As OC’s top officials get ready to redraw district maps that affect political power and representation of local communities for the next decade, there are mounting questions about whether local residents will be brought into the process in a meaningful way. – Voice of OC