Proposed county redistricting maps available online
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – El Dorado County’s redistricting map alternatives are now available for public review and comment.
The California Election Code requires boards of supervisors to approve district boundaries following each federal decennial census so that districts are nearly equal in population.
The U.S. Census Bureau now estimates El Dorado County’s population at 181,058, an increase of approximately 25,000 residents since the 2000 Census.
Working with the recently released 2010 Census data, the county Surveyor’s Office has produced five different options for future supervisor district boundaries.
Each version contains supervisor districts with approximately 36,212 residents. The map alternatives will be formally presented to the Board of Supervisors at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the county government center. The Board is not expected to adopt a final map until July.
“It’s not difficult to generate a map with the right number of residents per district,” said county Surveyor Rich Briner, in a statement. “It can be difficult to achieve that balance while ensuring that similar communities are contained within the same district.”
All of the redistricting map alternatives are available on a new redistricting website: http://www.edcgov.us/Redistricting. The website also includes reference maps, a feedback form, contact information, relevant agenda items, and will serve as a platform for future redistricting related announcements.
“Redistricting is a once a decade opportunity for the public to help literally shape the future of El Dorado County,” Briner said. “I look forward to helping ensure an open and engaging process.”