The 2021 Redistricting process is either finished or coming to a close, depending on the jurisdiction. Please see below for updates and how to check and see how your districts have changed (or stayed the same!).
Every ten years, after the census, district lines are redrawn at all levels of government. District lines can be drawn to amplify some voices while muting others. How district boundaries are determined affects whether your community will have a fair representation in the legislative body of your jurisdiction, e.g. Board of Supervisors, City Council, for the next 10 years. Being in a district with people who have similar interests makes it easier to elect people who understand your shared perspectives and needs.
San Jose Redistricting
Asian Law Alliance, NAACP San Jose-Silicon Valley, the South Bay Labor Council, the Latino Leadership Alliance, the La Raza Roundtable, and others worked together to draw up a San José City Council Unity Map. The purpose of this collaboration was to redraw our maps in a way that increases the representation of Latinx, Asian, Black, and indigenous voters, renters and working families. Although the process was contentious and required much compromise, we are still proud that we were able to impact the district lines to some extent. You can read more about the process on the City’s Redistricting page here.
San José residents: You can enter your address here to find out what San José City Council district you are in. Please note that the browser (ie: Safari or Google Chrome) may impact your ability to access the site.
Santa Clara County Supervisorial Redistricting
Asian Law Alliance engaged in a similar Unity mapping process for the Santa Clara County Supervisorial Redistricting.
Santa Clara County residents: You can enter your address here to find out what Santa Clara County Supervisorial district you are in.
State Election Districts (Congressional, Assembly, State)
The Asian Law Alliance was a part of the AAPI & AMEMSA State Redistricting Collaborative, which submitted individual community of interest maps, a statewide assembly mapping proposal, a southern California Congressional mapping proposal, and a Bay Area Congressional mapping proposal before the commission released its draft maps.
California residents: You can enter your address using Calmatter’s website to find out how your Congressional, Assembly, and State districts may have shifted (or stayed the same!).
In detail summary points of outcome (words from our friends at AAJ-ALC) :
South Bay & East Bay
- Sunnyvale and Santa Clara were kept whole and together at all three levels of government.
- Sunnyvale and Santa Clara are in an Assembly district with Cupertino and parts of San Jose, and they are in a Senate district with Berryessa, Milpitas, Fremont, Union City, and Hayward.
- Sunnyvale and Santa Clara are in a Congressional district with Cupertino, Berryessa, Milpitas, south Fremont, and Newark.
- Berryessa was kept whole at all three levels of government. At all levels of government, it is in a district with Fremont. For Congress and Senate, it is also in a district with Santa Clara and Sunnyvale.
- Fremont is kept whole in the Assembly and Senate maps.
- Fremont is cut in the Congressional map, but our Collaborative supported cutting Fremont in order to keep Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, Berryessa, Milpitas, and south Fremont in a Congressional district together. We asked the Commission to move Newark into a Congressional District with Union City, to bring more of Fremont into CD 17, but the Commission did not want to make this change.
- Within Fremont, the Centerville neighborhood is kept whole at all levels. Irvington is mostly whole, but a small portion of it is cut in the Congressional map. Mission San Jose is cut in the Congressional map.
- Alum Rock, Little Saigon, Evergreen, and much of San Jose are whole and together in both the Assembly and Senate maps.
- At the Congressional level, there is a Latino VRA district in San Jose that takes in parts of San Jose, including Alum Rock. The Commission initially indicated that there were not VRA districts in this area, but later in their process they learned there was a VRA seat and significantly redrew the San Jose area. Unfortunately, this means Evergreen, Alum Rock, and Little Saigon are in separate districts from each other. In response, our Collaborative advocated for Little Saigon to be kept as intact as possible and with nearby lower-income neighborhoods in San Jose.