What Is Redistricting?
In order to get an updated count of the country's population, the U.S. Constitution requires a federal census every ten years. California uses that census data to redraw the Congressional, State Senate, State Assembly, and State Board of Equalization districts based on population changes. The independent California Citizens Redistricting Commission (CCRC) uses the new census data to redraw the Congressional, State Senate, State Assembly, and State Board of Equalization district boundaries. CCRC will certify final district maps and deliver them to the Secretary of State no later than December 27, 2021.
The Secretary of State will provide the new CCRC maps to the California State Legislature and to California's 58 counties who will redraw precincts within the new district boundaries and assign voters to the updated precincts. In Orange County, the Board of Supervisors is responsible for drawing supervisorial districts.
Redistricting Delays Due to COVID-19
Redistricting is completed using U.S. Census data, which would normally be released on March 31, 2021. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the release of the U.S. Census data was delayed for 6 months until September of 2021. This resulted in a delay in the adoption of district boundaries for all districts, including Congressional, State Senate, State Assembly, State Board of Equalization, and County Board of Supervisors.
The Orange County Registrar of Voters has taken every action possible to minimize the impact of this delay for its candidates and voters, including tools for candidates and voters to be able to verify the districts in which they reside. These tools consist of an online district verification tool, electronic maps, and printed maps available for purchase.
Online District Verification Tool
Use this interactive map to find the districts in which you reside. You can either enter an address, or use the interactive map to locate the newly adopted districts for Congressional, State Senate, State Assembly, State Board of Equalization, and County Board of Supervisors.
Click here to use the online district verification tool.
Maps in .pdf format are freely available for download using our new interactive system. Simply choose the district for which you need a map from the dropdown, and the map will be provided for you to download. The new boundaries for Congressional, State Senate, State Assembly, State Board of Equalization, and County Board of Supervisors will be available beginning January 15, 2022. Access the downloadable maps system.
Shapefiles and PDFs with just district boundaries are available beginning January 15, 2022. Shapefiles and PDFs with district and precinct boundaries will be available on or around February 15, 2022. To request customized shapefiles and PDFs, you can use our map ordering tool. Request customized maps using our map ordering tool.
Printed, custom maps are available for a small fee. You can customize your map and complete your purchase online at ocvote.com/mapping . Printed maps can either be mailed, or picked up at our office. Please allow two business days for printed map orders to be filled. Printed maps with district boundaries will be available beginning January 3, 2022. Printed maps with district and precinct boundaries will be available beginning February 15, 2022. Request customized printed maps using our map ordering tool.
Technical Redistricting Academy
You can visit our website, www.ocvote.gov/academy to view the training materials provided by the Registrar of Voters during the Technical Redistricting Academy.
View the Technical Redistricting Academy training materials.
When will a "walking list" be ready for purchasing?
A "walking list" is a list of voters in a particular precinct for a specified district. Due to the delay of the census data, and the subsequent delay of the district boundaries being adopted, the list of voters by precinct for a specified district is not available. The expected date for this to be available is February 15, 2022 or sooner. You can view a map of the adopted boundaries here [place link], which may be helpful in identifying addresses in your desired district. If you have any questions, please contact our office at 714-567-7600.
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