Prepare a Plan

TO LEARN THE PROCESS OF CREATING AND SUBMITTING A PROPOSED REDISTRICTING PLAN, CLICK HERE.

TO LAUNCH THE REDISTRICTING SOFTWARE DIRECTLY AFTER YOU’VE READ THE INSTRUCTIONS ABOVE, CLICK HERE.

  • Open House sessions have been scheduled where County staff will be available to answer questions from members of the public regarding use of the Redistricting software. All sessions are scheduled from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. in Room 383 of the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, 500 West Temple Street, Los Angeles CA 90012. Dates for the sessions are as follows:
    May 4, 2011
    May 18, 2011
    June 1, 2011 

  • The County Charter requires that the County be divided into five supervisorial districts, “as nearly equal in population as may be” in order to comply with the “one person one vote” principle of the United States Constitution and State law. Although census tracts generally constitute the basic building blocks for the County’s Redistricting Plan, the data base assembled for the 2011 Redistricting process refers to “Redistricting Units” or “Redistricting Data Units” (RDUs) as the building blocks. Most RDUs, in fact, are whole census tracts. However, since some census tracts are split along city or other boundaries, partial census tracts are created to respect these boundaries. These partial census tracks, as well as complete census tracks, are collectively referred to as RDUs.
  • A proposed redistricting plan must comply with applicable provisions of the Voting Rights Act, which prohibits forming districts that dilute the voting strength of protected minority groups.
  • The following factors may be considered in drawing boundaries:
    → topography
    → geography
    → cohesiveness, contiguity, integrity, and compactness of territory
    → communities of interests.
  • For additional information on statutory or other legal requirements, please click on the following:
    California Elections Code
    Los Angeles County Charter
  • Members of the public are encouraged to utilize the County’s free on-line redistricting software to develop and submit proposed redistricting plans. The redistricting software can be accessed on any computer that is connected to the internet.
  • Members of the public may also download all data and maps available with the County’s redistricting software, if they choose to use different redistricting software.
  • All County Libraries have computers with internet access available to the public to use to prepare and submit their plans. A list of County libraries allowing for extended computer use time for preparing proposed redistricting plans, can be found here.