County Redistricting Efforts
The County of Riverside supervisorial district boundaries are geographically redrawn every 10 years in line with the county's population changes as reported by the U.S. Census, most recently conducted in 2020.
Following several weeks of public hearings and reviewing 38 versions of district maps, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors adopted new lines for the elected supervisors’ districts on Dec. 14, 2021.
Hours of public comment were heard during five public hearings, along with numerous written comments providing feedback on the redistricting process and draft maps. Revisions were made to draft maps based on input provided by community members.
The previous time the county went through a redistricting process was in 2011. To view the 2011 website, click here.
Community members submitted feedback online, including providing suggested district lines, to help inform the County of Riverside in creating the new districts. The online feedback tool that was used to collect input was here. The deadline to submit draft maps was Nov. 1. To see a listing of all community responses received here.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is redistricting?
In accordance with the California Election Code Section 21500, following each decennial federal census, and using that census as a basis, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors adjusts the boundaries of any or all of the county supervisorial districts so that the districts shall be as nearly equal in population, and comply with applicable provisions of Section 1973 of Title 42 of the United States Code, as amended.
- Are city, state and congressional districts part of the county's redistricting efforts?
No. Cities with wards or districts, as well as state and federal legislatures conduct their own redistricting efforts within their level of government. The County of Riverside is charged with only redistricting it's own jurisdictional lines, which are the five supervisorial districts.
- When does redistricting occur?
It occurs every 10 years after each decennial U.S. Census. The most recent Census was completed in 2020 and the results were released in mid-August 2021.
The last time the county went through a redistricting process was in 2011. To view the 2011 website, click here.
- What is the effect of redistricting?
The 2020 Census data for Riverside County has been published and population shifts show an an unequal representation within the county’s current 2011 supervisorial districts. Redistricting involves the adjustment of boundaries that may be necessary to maintain a substantially equal population between districts.
- What factors are considered for drawing new boundaries?
The following are criteria that are factored in establishing new district lines:
- Equal population
- Federal and state law, including the Voting Rights Act
- Geographic continuity
- Preserve communities of interest
- Respect geographic integrity
- Boundaries shall be easily identified by residents
- Geographic compactness
To read more, click here.
- What are the supervisorial districts for the County of Riverside?
District 1: Kevin Jeffries (View current district map here.)
District 2: Karen Spiegel (View current district map here.)
District 3: Chuck Washington (View current district map here.)
District 4: V. Manuel Perez (View current district map here.)
District 5: Jeff Hewitt (View current district map here.)
- Who decides district boundaries?
The County Board of Supervisors.
The board shall hold at least one public hearing on any proposal to adjust the boundaries of that district, prior to a public hearing at which the board votes regarding the proposal.
- What is the 2021 Advisory Redistricting Commission?
The Advisory Redistricting Commission 2021 is comprised of the County Planning Commission and is tasked with constructing at least one redistricting proposal for the Riverside County Board of Supervisors to consider.
Advisory Redistricting Commission meetings are held during Planning Commission meetings. The Advisory Redistricting Commission does not have the authority to redistrict the county supervisorial districts, only the Board of Supervisors has that power.
Riverside County Planning Commissioners:
- Carol Bruce Shaffer, First District
- David Leonard, Second District
- Gary Thornhill, Third District
- Bill Sanchez, Fourth District
- Eric Kroencke, Fifth District
The Executive Office Technical Committee will present recommendations to the Advisory Redistricting Commission.
The Executive Office Technical Committee 2021 is composed of the following individuals:
- Rania Odenbaugh, Deputy County Executive Officer, Co-Chair
- Jeff Greene, Chief of Staff, 1st District
- Philip Paule, Chief of Staff, 2nd District
- Michelle DeArmond, Chief of Staff, 3rd District
- Steven Hernandez, Chief of Staff, 4th District
- Boomer Shannon, Chief of Staff, 5th District
- Charissa Leach, Director of TLMA/Planning
- Jim Smith, Chief Information Officer
- Tom Mullen, Chief Data Officer of RCIT
- Ronak Patel, Deputy County Counsel
- Rebecca Spencer, Registrar of Voters
- Brooke Federico, Public Information Officer
- What is the timetable for redistricting?
The U.S. Census Bureau released redistricting data mid-August 2021. The Riverside County Board of Supervisors must adopt a redistricting plan before December 15, 2021.
The Census data for Riverside County shows population shifts that result in an unequal representation within the County’s supervisorial districts. Redistricting involves the adjustment of boundaries that may be necessary to maintain a substantially equal population between districts.
- How can I see maps of the population and proposed new district boundaries?
Click here to see draft redistricting maps with citizen voting age population (CVAP) data.
You can also see a map of the 2020 Census data within the current supervisorial district boundaries. The map shows 2020 populations for each district and compares that figure with the target population of each district of approximately 483,000 residents.
- How can I submit feedback on the district boundaries?
Community members can submit feedback online, including suggested district lines, to help inform Riverside County in creating the new districts.
Visit the online feedback tool here.
See a listing of all community responses received here.
- How can I see a presentation with more information?
To watch a narrated power point presentation, play the video below.
To participate in a community or public hearing, click here.
Click here to to see the list of Redistricting Presentations.
- Where can I find more information about the 2020 U.S. Census?
Find more information about the U.S. Census Bureau, including the 2020 United States Census, here.
To read quick facts about Riverside County from the 2020 data set available from the U.S. Census, click here.