What criteria are used in creating districts?

In accordance with applicable law, districts must: 

  1. Be nearly equal in population
  2. Be drawn in a manner that complies with the federal Voting Rights Act
  3. Consist of contiguous territory in a compact form
  4. Respect communities of interest
  5. Have borders that follow geographical and topographical features

A community of interest is a distinctive area that has a definable group of people, unique geography or some other distinguishable feature or characteristic. A professional demographer will assist in drawing and meeting the requirements of the criteria.

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1. What is the City’s current election system?
2. What is a by-district election?
3. Why did the voting process change from at-large to by-district?
4. What was the process for creating voting districts?
5. What criteria are used in creating districts?
6. When did the new districts take effect?
7. How does creating voting districts affect me?
8. Where can I learn more about districting and redistricting?
9. How do I get additional information about the process?
10. Where can I find information about maps and districting in Lodi specifically?