2020 Census: Apportionment 101

You participated in the 2020 Census, now is your chance to have a say in how your community decides to redistrict its boundaries. The California Citizens Redistricting Commission wants to hear from community members. Communities foster strong connections among people based on cultural, economic, geographic, or social factors. This means that YOU, a valuable member of the community, have a voice in the process. You can help ensure that fairness and transparency is achieved in drawing up district boundaries based on last year’s Census results.

About the California Citizens Redistricting Commission (CRC)

After the data is collected from the U.S. Census, which is held every 10 years, California is required to redraw the boundaries of its Congressional, State Senate, State Assembly, and State Board of Equalization districts to reflect the new population data. To prevent special interests, politics, or political influence to unfairly influence the outcome in redistricting, The Voters First Act gives this power to California citizens.

How You Can Participate

  • Communities of Interest (COI) Tool - this online tool allows users to add their communities of interest onto a map, which gets directly submitted to the Commission. Chat support is also available. You may be astounded at how many communities of interest is out there; give your community a voice!
  • Subscribe - Receive updates from the CRC and share on social media - Receive timely updates from the Commission and access their social media tool kit online.
  • Live stream the Commission's public meetings - Follow along with the Commission's public meetings, but also offer your input in the decision making process. Educational outreach materials and resources can also be found on the Commission's website.
  • Attend Future Virtual Events - Join the Commission's upcoming live stream events or view a past event.

San Jose Public Library Books & eBooks

Multicultural America: A Multimedia Encyclopedia, book cover
A Guide To Tracing Your Family History Using The Census, book cover
Unrigged How Americans Are Battling Back to Save Democracy, book cover
Fair and Effective Representation? Debating Electoral Reform and Minority Rights, book cover
Gerrymandering and Voting Districts, book cover
Voting and Political Representation in America, book cover
The US Census, book cover

Other Resources