Where can I learn more about districting and redistricting?
There are a number of online publications and guides to redistricting. You can start with this one from MALDEF and the NAACP, or this (long) one from the Brennan Center, this one from the League of Women Voters, or this FAQ from the California Independent Redistricting Commission.
What do the acronyms and categories mean on the demographic sheets?
These are standard categories included in the Census. Not all of the categories are relevant for creating district maps. Acronyms include:
VAP: Voting age population
CVAP: Citizen Voting Age Population (the data used by courts to estimate “eligible voters”)
CVRA: California Voting Rights Act
NDC: National Demographics Corporation (the firm hired by the city to create the maps)
Do I have to submit a complete map?
No. You can draw boundaries for just the district where you’d like your neighborhood to be or any part of the city.
Can I submit more than one map?
If you feel a new map is an improvement on your earlier submission, please mention that with your submission, so that the earlier map can be withdrawn and residents and the Council can focus on your preferred map(s).
What happens to the maps?
Once submitted, maps are considered public records. The city will post all legally-compliant submitted maps on its website.
Contact the city’s demographers at National Demographics Corporation: 818-254-1221 (phone and fax) or Lemoore@NDCresearch.com.