About The 2021 Redistricting

After the Federal Census is conducted in 2020 and released in 2021, electoral districts will be redrawn in the State of California (and in all jurisdictions that have district-based election systems). This process is called redistricting, and it occurs to balance the populations in each district based on the Census data.

Most states give the power of redrawing the districts to the state legislature. Some states, like California, conduct redistricting differently. In 2008, California voters passed the Voters First Act. The Voters First Act mandates the creation of an independent Commission to redraw district lines. The Commission, also called the California Redistricting Commission or CRC, is comprised of five Democrats, five Republicans, and four members who are either registered to vote with another party or as Decline-to-State. There are 14 Commissioners in all. When the 2010 Census data were released, the first ever California Redistricting Commission conducted the 2011 redistricting, establishing California’s first sets of Commission-drawn State Legislative, Congressional, and Board of Equalization districts.

As the U.S. Census in 2020 approaches, the process of forming the new CRC is starting with the application process to select new Commissioners. To be eligible to serve on CRC, you must:

  • Have been a registered voter since July 1, 2015;
  • Have been registered with the same political party (or declined-to-state) since July 1, 2015;
  • Have voted in at least two of the last three statewide elections;
  • Not have a Conflict of Interest as defined by the Voters First Act.
The open application period for new Commission members will begin on June 10, 2019 and will run through August 9, 2019. To find out more about the application process and how Commissioners are selected, please see this graphic and this flowchart. Additional information can be found on this website for the 2020 California Redistricting Commission.