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City Council Nears Final Stages of Redistricting Project

Elk Grove City Council held its fortnightly public hearing before Elk Grove City Council on March 9 in an effort to finalize the Redistricting Project based on 2020 Census data.

Redistricting is a process in which city officials come together to redesign the city’s district lines. The redistricting process occurs every 10 years when new Census data is collected. Once new data is available, it allows cities to reassess how local demographics have changed from previous years. Mayor Bobbie Singh-Allen and Elk Grove City Council members also heard from the public about recent updates. Community members attended the public hearing both in person and in Zoom. The deadline for the public to submit their ideas for new district maps ended on March 4th.

Meanwhile, council members voted and selected three draft maps. The final consideration of the drafts will be made at the next public hearing on March 23rd.

Update the redistricting process

Before making public comments, City Secretary Jason Lindgren explained the process of redistributing districts. He discussed the city’s efforts to attract public opinion, including the process of how district maps are presented for consideration. It is important to note that Lindgren addressed the pros and cons of each district map. He highlighted where the boundaries lie in contrast to where they are now.

“It’s game time,” Lindgren said before presenting the drafts of the map. He spoke briefly about public participation in the design of the maps and how municipal officials conducted seven public workshops during the last week of February. In addition, there were five outdoor events that allowed the community to ask questions and share their ideas.

In addition, Lindgren mentioned the maps received before the March 4 deadline and described the pros and cons of each map. There were concerns about voter displacement and which council member would represent those districts. This issue has received special attention because Elk Grove City Council recently switched to a bi-district system. In addition, some maps would affect voters’ ability to vote from now until the 2024 election. To that end, there was concern that voters would have to wait six years before the next time they could vote.

In conclusion, as mentioned above, the council voted three drafts district map plans. They are maps 11, 12 and 22 respectively. The City Council will vote on a map and begin the next public hearing on March 23.

Two members of the audience joined the meeting to express their views. Both supported Map 21, which they believe would keep the Punjabi community of Elk Grove together. The first public comment came from Reena S:

As a Punjabi-American, I want to express my support for Map 21. Our Punjabi community lives both northeast of Highway 99 and southwest of Highway 99. That is why it is important for my community to receive accurate representation in the redistribution process and in the City Council in the coming years. It is important that the Punjabi community stays together. Map 21 gets it. “

Reena S

Project schedule and upcoming milestones

Elk Grove City Council will finalize its new maps during March and April. See below for a timeline of upcoming major dates, courtesy of City Of Elk Grove.

  • March 4, 2022 – Administrative deadline for receiving draft maps and communities of interest
  • March 23, 2022 – Ordinary Meeting of the City Council – Public Hearing, review of the maps of proposed finalists and presentation of staff
  • April 13, 2022 – Ordinary City Council Meeting – Public Hearing, Continuous Review of a Proposed Finalist Map, Staff Presentation, and Final Adoption of the District Map
  • April 17, 2022 – Deadline to submit a final district map to the Sacramento County Electoral and Electoral Registry Office

For more information on redistributing districts in Elk Grove, visit https://www.elkgrovecity.org/city_hall/city_government/city_council/redistricting

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