Every 10 years, the United States Constitution and California’s State Constitution require federal, state and local district divisional boundary lines to be reviewed and redrawn, if necessary, to account for population growth and movement within the entire boundaries of the district. This process is known as Redistricting and is based on the results of the decennial US Census.
What is a district? When used in relation to administering an election, a “district,” includes any regional agency that has the power to tax, to regulate land use, or to condemn and purchase land that is governed by elected officials who have the authority to call an election. Examples may be the County of Santa Clara, the City of San Jose, the Campbell Union School District, the Santa Clara Valley Water District and regional agencies like the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART). Voters who reside within the legal limits, or boundaries, of the district or agency have the right to vote on candidates and measures the district has placed on the ballot.
When used in relation to administering redistricting, a “district” includes the subdivided smaller territories or divisions within the jurisdictional boundaries of the agency that will have an elected official who represents that smaller territory or division and who is elected by the voters living within that area. For example, the County of Santa Clara’s Board of Supervisors are divided into five divisions within the County from which they are elected (District’s one through five) and the City of San Jose has 10 divisions, or districts within the City from which the City Council are elected, and the San Jose Unified High School and Campbell Union School Districts have five divisions, called Trustee Areas, from which their school board members are elected.
You can find a list of the elected representatives in elective districts within Santa Clara County on our website under the “Candidates & Measures” pull down menu and selecting the List of Officeholders. You may look up your election districts and members by selecting, “Look Up Your District” under our Popular Services link on our home page.
The results of the redistricting process may change the congressional, state senate or assembly district or local supervisorial, city council or school district subdivision election contest(s) for your neighborhood. You may see different contests on your ballot than what you voted in the past. Types of districts that can be affected by the census and redistricting process are:
Federal congressional districts, state assembly and senate districts, county supervisorial districts,
city council districts, as well as college, school and special district officer elections,
if they are elected by district, division, or ward.
Redistricting can also affect language assistance provided to certain who have limited English-speaking or reading skills. The following list reflects the different languages under the federal Voting Rights Act voters can request official voting materials and request assistance in the County of Santa Clara:
English, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese
Under the California Elections Code, voters may request an exact copy of their voting materials and request assistance in the following languages:
Gujarati, Nepali, Punjabi, Tamil and Telugu
New District Lookup
Use the District Lookup to find your new district numbers.
If you need to find out your old districts, please call toll-free 1-866-430-VOTE (8683).
Did you know… Census data is also used to determine language services and access under the Voting Rights Act.