Let’s make our voices heard in Redistricting at the Orange County Board of Supervisors

Let’s make our voices heard in Redistricting the Orange County Board of Supervisors Districts

Redistricting is a process that takes place every decade to redraw maps used to elect public officials. The way district lines are drawn will not only impact who communities have the power to elect, but ultimately our ability to shape the local policies that affect their everyday lives for years to come. The Orange County Board of Supervisors will decide what our districts look like. Previous supervisors drew maps to ensure their re-election and partisan control of the Board, to the detriment of our communities. This cycle, we cannot let that happen again.

The People’s Redistricting Alliance of Orange County (PRA), a multiracial coalition of community-based organizations and residents, has drawn a map that is centering the lived experiences and needs of our most vulnerable communities that have been historically marginalized by local government. With our map, we plan to empower low-income communities and working families, and maximize opportunities for year-round organizing, policy advocacy, and narrative shifts that advance the progressive transformation of Orange County.

Support the OC People’s Redistricting Alliance Map by following these easy steps to submit a public comment to the Board of Supervisors:

  1. E-mail redistricting@ocgov.com
  2. Copy and paste the sample language below into your email:
    (Please feel free to add language about community issues and histories (in personal stories, if possible) that help demonstrate the importance of having elected officials who understand and respond to community needs. Share stories and data about community concerns to show how you feel your voices have been heard, or haven’t been heard.)
  3. Send email by October 27, 2021
Email Body

My name is __ and I am a resident of _____. I support the OC People’s Redistricting Alliance Supervisorial map. This map prioritizes communities that have been historically marginalized, corrects the problems with the current configuration, and complies with the legal requirements of the Voting Rights Act and Fair Maps Act. The current map configuration has disenfranchised communities of color by prioritizing the interests of one political party.

The OC PRA map has made communities of interest its top priority when drawing lines, considering the important testimonies of residents from communities that have been harmed by the current configuration.

The board needs to correct the significant legal problems with the current map configuration. I urge you to adopt the OC People’s Redistricting Alliance map.

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