Redistricting Process

Every ten years, local governments use new census data to redraw their district lines to reflect how local populations have changed. Assembly Bill 849 (2019) requires cities and counties to engage communities in the redistricting process by holding public hearings and/or workshops and doing public outreach, including to non-English-speaking communities.



What is Redistricting?

For the City of Stockton, council districts must be redrawn every ten years following the U.S. Census, so that each district is substantially equal in population. This process, called redistricting, is important in ensuring that each city council member represents about the same number of constituents.


Who makes these changes and when?

In Stockton, the City Council is responsible for drawing council district boundaries. Redistricting is done using U.S. Census data, which is released around March 31, 2021. For the City of Stockton, the redistricting process must be completed by mid-December 2021.


Why does redistricting matter to me?

Redistricting determines which neighborhoods and communities are grouped together into a district for purposes of electing a council member.

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.


What do the existing council districts look like?

There are currently six council districts within the City of Stockton. A map of the City's current council districts is available on the City's website


To determine which council district you live in, please use the About Your Address feature.


What will our City Council consider when drawing district lines?

State of California Election Code:

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.
City of Stockton Charter:

Redistricting Standards:

  1. The districts shall continue to be as nearly equal in population as may be according to the latest federal decennial census.
  2. The districts shall comply with the applicable provisions of the United States Federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, Section 1973 of Title 42 of the United States Code, as amended and any other applicable provisions of federal or state law.
  3. In establishing the boundaries of the districts, the City may give consideration to the following factors:
    • Topography
    • Geography
    • Cohesiveness, contiguity, integrity, and compactness of territory, and
    • Community of interest of the districts
  4. Council districts shall be numbered sequentially with the Council District in the northeastern most section of the City numbered District 1.

How will our City Council notify the public about redistricting?

The City Council will:

  • notify the public about redistricting meetings through the Office of the City Clerk;
  • post proposed maps online before the maps are adopted;
  • reach out to local media to publicize the redistricting process; 
  • make a good faith effort to notify community groups about the redistricting process;
  • provide information at public meetings in applicable languages, if residents submit a request in advance, and
  • create a dedicated web page for all relevant information about the redistricting process.


How can I get involved?

Attend a meeting:

The City Council and the Stockton Citizens Redistricting Advisory Commission will be holding meetings to receive public input on where district lines should be drawn. Meetings are currently scheduled for:


Stockton Citizens Redistricting Advisory Commission

  • August 9, 2021, at 5:30 p.m.
  • August 30, 2021, at 5:30 p.m., Pre- Map Public Hearing
  • October 4, 2021, at 5:30 p.m., Public Hearing
  • October 11, 2021, at 5:30 p.m., Public Hearing


Stockton City Council

  • September 14, 2021, at 5:30 p.m.
  • October 12, 2021, at 5:30 p.m., Public Hearing at 6:00 PM
  • November 10, 2021, at 5:30 p.m., Public Hearing at fixed time TBD (check meeting agenda for time)
  • December 7, 2021, at 5:30 p.m., Public Hearing at fixed time TBD (check meeting agenda for time)


Review meeting agendas:

Agendas for these meetings will be posted:

  • City Hall, 425 N. El Dorado Street
    • covered parking area on the west side (Center Street side)
    • Office of the City Clerk, floor 1
  • Online at the City Council Meetings page.


Draw a Map

Use the public mapping tools to draw and submit a map. There are different tools for different purposes and different tools for different levels of technical skill and interest. A variety of map-drawing tools are available:

  1. Paper-only maps for those without internet access or who prefer paper.
    Tools needed:
  2. Paper maps with a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet to calculate population totals.
    Tools needed:
  3. DistrictR, a simple online map drawing tool to easily draw neighborhoods or communities of interest.
    Tools needed:
  4. Interactive Review Map to review, analyze, and compare maps, not to create them.  Zoom in and out on map boundaries, view population counts/ID numbers, and view draft maps (once the draft maps are released). This is similar to Google Maps in ease of use.


Submit maps to After you submit your map, the demographic consultants will generate the population and other demographic details for your proposed map. Draft Maps can be viewed below or on the Interactive Review Map.


It is helpful if you submit written comments with your map describing how your map was drawn to meet the required criteria. An example of this would be describing the specific neighborhoods or communities of interest that are kept within a single district.

You can view the current district 2020 demographics here.


Draft Maps


Submit comments, questions, and ideas:

You can submit public comments, including suggested draft maps, by emailing the City Clerk.


Where can I find out more?

Additional information will be available on this webpage. Email or call the Office of the City Clerk.


Meeting minutes and videos of the Stockton Citizens Redistricting Advisory Commission are available under Board and Commission Online Meetings, under Archives.


Meeting minutes and videos of the Stockton City Council are available under City Council Meetings Online.


External Links

There are currently no external links.

This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 10/12/2021