Frequently Asked Questions

Added June 30, 2021

As this document is updated, additional questions and answers will be included in dated sections.

No. The County is required to redistrict per Elections Code § 21500(a), which states that a county shall adopt boundaries for each supervisorial district following each federal decennial census so that the supervisorial districts shall be substantially equal in population. The deadline to complete the process and adopt a map is December 15, 2021.

No, the County Board of Supervisors cannot change the December 15 deadline. The deadline is set by Elections Code § 21501 based on the date of the next primary election. Due to the delays in the 2020 Decennial Census, the State Legislature extended the 2022 primary date from March to June 7, 2022. The County has no ability to change this state law or the June 7, 2022 primary election date.

Each county shall have a board of supervisors consisting of five members pursuant to Government Code § 25000(a). Absent a change in state law, the Board cannot change the number of members.

The website is translated via Google Translate into English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese and all materials have been translated manually in the languages. In addition, per Elections Code § 21508 (b): The board shall arrange for the live translation in an applicable language of a public hearing or workshop held pursuant to this chapter if a request for translation is made at least 72 hours before the hearing or workshop, unless less than five days’ notice are provided for the hearing or workshop, in which case the request shall be made at least 48 hours before the hearing or workshop.

The public may submit comments now through the online web form https://cob.ocgov.com/form/idea-comment-form-county-of-oran; by calling and leaving a voicemail at (714) 834-6000; emailing redistricting@ocgov.com; or submitting written comments to 333 W. Santa Ana Blvd. 3rd Floor, Attn: Redistricting Team, Santa Ana, CA 92701. The public may also provide written or verbal testimony at the redistricting public hearings and workshops.

To speak on an item, complete a Speaker Request Form(s) identifying the item(s) and deposit the completed form(s) in the box to the left of the podium. When addressing the Board, it is requested that you state your name and city of residence for the record. Members of the public desiring to speak should address the Board as a whole through the Chair. Speakers may address the Board on up to three occasions, with three minutes allotted to the speaker per occasion. The Board has the discretion to alter the amount of time per speaker at the Board meeting.

The required data to complete redistricting in the State of California will not be available until the end of September 2021. The County plans to have a two-week submission period where online software will be available to create maps. This software will be accessible from any computer that has internet access. Desktop or laptop computers are recommended for full functionality of the software. In addition, there will be alternate methods to assign the census geographies to create a map and provide comments about the district boundaries.

The public workshops will allow for both in-person and virtual attendance. Those watching virtually may submit their comments in advance via email redistricting@ocgov.com or by calling and leaving a voicemail at (714) 834-6000. The County will not be monitoring social media during the public workshops.

The draft agenda for our upcoming Redistricting Public Workshops is as follows:

6:00 pm to 6:10 pm – Welcome and Introductory Remarks

6:10 pm – 6:45 pm – Power Point Presentations & Redistricting Overview by County Staff

6:45 pm – 7:30 pm / 8:00 pm – Comment Submission and Q&A  - In-person & phone comments and questions

8:00 pm – Event Conclusion

For our August Redistricting Public Workshops, as noted above, we estimate we will take testimony starting at approximately 6:45 p.m.  A list of all of our upcoming events where testimony may be heard may be found on our website - https://cob.ocgov.com/2021-redistricting-timeline.

To ensure all public comments are heard by the County, the time allotment for in-person and virtual attendees at the 2021 Redistricting Public Workshops is three minutes.

As all five Redistricting Public Workshops will be in-person and virtual, we have several ways individuals who are in need of language assistance can take part:

In-Person Language Assistance

Live language translation in Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese will be provided via headset if requested 72 hours in advance of each Redistricting Public Workshop. A translator in the requested language will also be present should someone have a question for panelist.

American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters will be onsite to translate for those in the audience and answer questions for members of the public as well.

Virtual Language Assistance

For those viewing the meeting online, there will be closed captioning available in English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese as well as ASL interpretation via the County’s Facebook account – www.facebook.com/ocgov.

Should our virtual attendees asking questions need translation services in Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese, they are to be requested 72 hours in advance of each of the workshops. Please send language support requests to redistricting@ocgov.com or call (714) 834-6000.

County staff will be present at each of the five locations. All County Supervisors have also been invited to attend.

All five Redistricting Public Workshops will be streamed on www.facebook.com/ocgov. The County will also record all five workshops and post them on our website at www.ocgov.com/redistricting.

For those viewing the meeting online, there will be closed captioning available in English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese as well as ASL interpretation via the County’s Facebook account – www.facebook.com/ocgov.

Our virtual attendees who have questions or wish to listen in English over the phone, may do so by calling in to our moderated phone line. The call in number and access code for all five meetings are being procured at the present time and will be posted on our website at www.ocgov.com/redistricting.

Should our virtual attendees asking questions over our moderated phone line need translation services in Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese, they are to be requested 72 hours in advance of each of the workshops. Please send language support requests to redistricting@ocgov.com or call (714) 834-6000.

Lastly, given the volume of public comments that may occur in real time on the County’s Facebook account, we will not be able to answer questions via the public on this platform in real time. Those attending virtually are requested to call in to the moderated phone line during each workshop, email us with their comments at redistricting@ocgov.com or leave a voicemail message at (714) 834-6000.

While the County does not know how many participants we will have in-person versus over the phone, we will endeavor to go back and forth between in-person attendees and those calling in.

The Esri Redistricting software is only available in English.  However, the step-by-step walkthrough of the software will be available in Chinese, English, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese.  Also, should people need technical assistance in another language, they can contact the Redistricting Team at redistricting@ocgov.com or (714) 834-6000

Anyone can submit comments, including maps,  to the redistricting email at any time and those will be posted online.  However, they would need to be provided in a PDF document, and not a link.  Maps in PDF format submitted via the redistricting email will be considered a public comment and NOT a map proposal.

For a map to be considered as an actual proposal to be considered by the Board for adoption, individuals must follow the Board adopted Public Participation Plan which specifies that a person must either use 1) the County’s Esri Redistricting software portal and submit their map through that software or 2) submit the public participation kit’s Excel file to the redistricting email.  No other format will be accepted in order to create a map proposal.  Any other format beyond the two methods above will be considered as a public comment, not a plan for consideration by the Board. All map proposals must be received by no later than Friday, October 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PT.