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Redistricting: How Will Alameda County Be Represented?

Patch | July 2, 2019

ALAMEDA COUNTY, CA — Citizens concerned about how redistricting can impact election results take notice: On June 10, California State Auditor Elaine M. Howle announced that online applications were officially open for qualified Californians to apply for the 2020 Citizens Redistricting Commission. Applications are still being sought—the deadline to apply is August 9, 2019—and some Alameda County residents might want to look carefully at the demographics of those who’ve already applied.

The 2020 Citizens Redistricting Commission will only be made up of 14 members, but they have a big responsibility: They will redraw California’s Congressional, State Senate, State Assembly, and State Board of Equalization districts that are supposed to reflect new population data that will come out after the federal government publishes updated census information.

As of June 13, more than 1,000 applications had been submitted for a seat on the 2020 Citizens Redistricting Commission. Of those applicants, 803 were tentatively eligible to serve, according to state officials. The initial application is open to every registered voter who has been affiliated with the same political party or with no political party since July 1, 2015 and has voted in at least two of the last three statewide general elections.

In Alameda County, at press time 51 female applicants have been approved as tentatively eligible to serve compared to 39 males and three people who identified as nonbinary. When looking at the applicants’ race, the overwhelming majority are white (30 women, 26 men and two nonbinary). Seven women and three men who identified as black/African American are tentatively eligible, while just three women and three men of Mexican/Mexican American or “other” Hispanic/Latino identity have been approved as tentatively eligible. The numbers are even lower for other groups.

Political affiliation is even more disparate: Seventy-four out of the 93 tentatively eligible applicants are democrats, while 12 stated no party preference. Just five republican applicants are tentatively eligible. The remaining few other applicants listed other party preferences.

According to the state, a large and diverse applicant pool is sought. The California State Auditor is tracking applicant demographic data on a daily basis by gender, ethnicity, political party, region and county. Updated Citizens Redistricting Commission application data is available to the public at

Interested in applying? Applicants must submit an application online at during the initial 60-day application period that ends August 9, 2019.

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