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By law, districts must be redrawn so that each district is substantially equal in population. This process, called redistricting, is important in ensuring that each city councilmember represents about the same number of constituents. In Palmdale, the City Council is responsible for drawing council districts. Redistricting is done using U.S. Census data, which is released around September 30, 2021. For the City of Palmdale, the redistricting process must be completed by April 17, 2022.
Redistricting determines which neighborhoods and communities are grouped together into a district for the purposes of electing a councilmember.
The City Council will seek input in selecting the next district map for our City Council. You have an opportunity to share with the City Council how you think district boundaries should be drawn to best represent your community.
You may contact the City Clerk at 661-267-5151 or Redistrict2021@cityofpalmdale.org to find out more about how the process works.
A map of the City’s current council districts is here: District Map
To the extent practicable, district lines will be adopted using the following criteria: (1) geographically contiguous districts (each city council district should share a common border with the next), (2) the geographic integrity of local neighborhoods or communities shall be respected in a manner that minimizes its division, (3) geographic integrity of a city shall be respected in a manner that minimizes its division, (4) easily identifiable boundaries that follow natural or artificial barriers (rivers, streets, highways, rail lines, etc.), and (5) lines shall be drawn to encourage geographic compactness. In addition, boundaries shall not be drawn for purposes of favoring or discriminating against a political party.
The City Council will reach out to local media to publicize the redistricting process. Also, we will make a good faith effort to notify community groups of various kinds about the redistricting process. Our public hearings or workshops will be provided in applicable languages if residents submit a request in advance. The City Council will notify the public about redistricting hearings or workshops, post maps online before adoption, and create a dedicated web page for all relevant information about the redistricting process.
All information regarding the City's redistricting process can be found on this webpage.
The City Council will be holding hearings and workshops to receive public input on where district lines should be drawn.