Kern County to discuss Tuesday proposed maps for redistricting

October 25, 2021 /

Kern County is holding a redistricting hearing Tuesday, and the Board of Supervisors will discuss the proposed maps that outline new district lines.

“We continue to strongly encourage your input and feedback and, in addition to testimony at Tuesday’s meeting, feel free to use other methods of input based on your preference,” the County said in a news release.

There have been four drafts proposed, which can be found here. All drafts differ from the currently boundary lines in Kern.

In the proposals, it appears Delano, McFarland, Wasco and Shafter will remain in the same district, while Eastern Kern County lines differ vastly in the proposed maps.

Map A
Map B
Map C

The maps will be discussed at Tuesday’s afternoon Board of Supervisors meeting at 2 p.m. Those interested in attending can attend in person or watch online on the County’s YouTube page.

Redistricting impacts all areas of government, including Kern County districts, city districts, school boards and beyond. This is done because over the course of ten years, a lot can change. The total population changes, housing changes, and Kern County’s land changes.

Redistricting experts consider this process crucial in obtaining equitable representation on government boards. If the district lines are not drawn properly, communities may be left with representatives who do not understand their issues or needs.