2020 Census and Redistricting FAQs

 

  1. What is the status of the 2020 Census?
  2. What is “redistricting”?
  3. Who will revise state and federal district lines?
  4. Who will revise San Francisco Supervisorial district lines?
  5. How can I participate in redistricting processes?
  6. How will redistricting affect me as a voter?
  1. What is the status of the 2020 Census?
    The United States Constitution requires the federal government to conduct a complete count of everyone living in the country every ten years. This counting project, or “Federal Decennial Census,” is conducted by a non-partisan governmental agency called the “United States Census Bureau” and was last conducted in 2020. Data processing for the 2020 Federal Decennial Census was delayed due to COVID-19, and the country’s new demographic data is now expected to be released to the states in September 2021. For more information, please visit https://2020census.gov/en.html.
     
  2. What is “redistricting”?
    Following the release of 2020 Federal Decennial Census data, the boundary lines of various voting districts must be adjusted so that each district maintains equal numbers of residents—this process is called “redistricting”.

    In California, redistricting will involve the redrawing state legislative and congressional district lines. In San Francisco, redistricting will involve the redrawing Supervisorial district lines. To view the City’s current district map, please visit https://sfelections.sfgov.org/sites/default/files/Documents/Maps/CitywidePctMap2019.pdf.
     
  3. Who will revise state and federal district lines?
    In November 2008, California voters passed the Voters FIRST Act, authorizing the creation of the state Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (ICRC). In 2021-2022, the ICRC will redraw the lines of California’s Congressional, Senate, Assembly, and Board of Equalization districts. The ICRC, which will consist of 14 members (5 Republicans, 5 Democrats, and 4 not affiliated with either of those two parties), is expected to complete the state redistricting process by February 2022. For more information on the ICRC, please visit https://www.wedrawthelinesca.org/.
     
  4. Who will revise San Francisco Supervisorial district lines?
    Per the San Francisco Charter, if the Director of Elections determines local Supervisorial Districts will no longer be equal in population following the federal census, the Board of Supervisors must convene a Redistricting Task Force (RTF) to adjust Supervisorial District lines. The RTF, which will consist of 9 members (the Mayor, the Board of Supervisors, and the Elections Commission each appoint 3 members), must complete this process by April 15 of the year in which the next scheduled election for members of the Board of Supervisors will be held. Since the next such election is scheduled for November 8, 2022, the RTF is expected to release revised local district maps by April 15, 2022.
     
  5. How can I participate in redistricting processes?
    Members of the public are encouraged to attend any meeting held by the San Francisco Redistricting Task Force — in addition to providing general comments, anyone is welcome to submit detailed district map proposals. The Department of Elections will post links to the schedule for these meetings on its website as soon as it becomes available.

    Members of the public are also encouraged to participate in any “public input hearings” held by the California Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. For more information on how to participate in public input hearings, please visit https://wedrawthelines.ca.gov/guide/.
     
  6. How will redistricting affect me as a voter?
    The boundaries of one or more of the districts in which you reside may change (e.g., your supervisorial or congressional district). In that case, one or more of your political representatives could change. To see a list of your current political representatives, please visit https://sfelections.sfgov.org/find-your-representatives. You will be able to review new voting district information at sfelections.org/mydistrict shortly after the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission and the Redistricting Task Force complete their work in February 2022 and April 2022, respectively.