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Every 10 years, redistricting is done for most of the different political jurisdictions in America, including at the county level. Mariposa County’s 5 supervisorial districts will be redrawn this year as a result of new population counts (the 2020 census) and new rules.
Why should you care? Everyone can participate in the process! Plus, proper redistricting gives every voter due influence. Improper redistricting may minimize voter influence, either accidentally or purposely.
Public Hearings have been scheduled – the first for Mariposa County is Tuesday, June 8th at 2:00pm.
Date: June 8, 2021
Time: 2:00 PM
Time Details: Public Hearing will start at 2 PM
Location: Board of Supervisors Chambers
Address: 5100 Bullion Street
Mariposa, CA 95338
To prepare yourself for the meetings and to familiarize yourself with the issues and tasks before us, go to Mariposa County’s website at http://www.mariposacounty.org/redistricting and read more about the efforts involved and specific ways you can participate.
WHAT DO THE EXISTING SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICTS LOOK LIKE?
You can find a map of the County’s current supervisorial districts here.
WHAT CRITERIA MUST BE USED WHEN DRAWING DISTRICT LINES?
Five districts with fairly equal populations which, to the extent that it is practicable, have district lines following the criteria below in this order of priority:
(1) Geographically contiguous (each supervisorial district should share a common border with the next.)
(2) Geographic integrity of local neighborhoods or local communities of interest shall be respected in a manner that minimizes its division.
(3) Geographic integrity of census designated places must be maintained in a way that minimizes division.
(2020 census data is not yet available on the county-level, however, in 2011, census designated places in Mariposa County were Bear Valley, Bootjack, Buck Meadows, Catheys Valley, Coulterville, El Portal, Fish Camp, Greeley Hill, Hornitos, Lake Don Pedro, Mariposa, Midpines, Wawona, and Yosemite Valley.)
(4) Easily identifiable boundaries that follow natural or artificial barriers (rivers, streets, highways, rail lines, etc.), and
(5) Geographically compact districts (where practicable and where it does not conflict with the preceding criteria), so that nearby populations are not bypassed in favor of more distant populations.
Lastly, boundaries shall not consider the incumbent’s address, nor will they be drawn for purposes of favoring or discriminating against a political party.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
We invite all Mariposa County residents to participate in the redistricting process.
Please review and understand the legally required map criteria (found above) before suggesting a map boundary. Send an email to email@example.com if you have any questions about it.
- Submit a Community of Interest Worksheet
- Attend public meetings. Meeting audio will be live broadcast on the County’s website.
- Call in to public meetings to make live comments by phone. All meetings will have a call-in option for the public to make comments to the commissioners. The phone number is 1 (224) 501-3412; access code 380-677-133. This number can also be found on page 1 of every Board agenda.
- Submit an eComment on a posted agenda on the County website. (Go to http://www.mariposacounty.org/bosagendas, click on the date of your meeting of choice, then click on the text bubble next to the specific item you wish to comment on.)
- Draft your own map at COMING SOON!
- Submit any comments prior to 6:00 pm, November 22, 2021 on this site using this form, or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Send hard copies to the Clerk of the Board, PO Box 784, Mariposa, California 95338. (Must be received prior to the 6:00 pm, November 22, 2021 deadline.)
- Deliver hard copies to the Clerk of the Board in the Mariposa County Government Center. 5100 Bullion Street, 2nd Floor, Mariposa, California 95338. (Must be received prior to the 6:00 pm, November 22, 2021 deadline.)
All comments and submissions will be available for the public and the Board to review.