History - Districting Process

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  1. Committee Process
  2. Council Process
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  4. Outreach
  5. Documents

Committee Process

For the first time in its 150-year history, Anaheim’s “At-Large” system for electing City Council Members will change to a “By-District” system.

On November 4, 2014 Anaheim voters approved Measure L and Measure M. As such, at the Council meeting on April 7, 2015, the City Council appointed an Advisory Committee on Electoral Districts (“Committee”) to obtain input from Anaheim residents on the shape of the six City Council voting districts and to recommend a path forward.  The Committee was selected by random draw from a panel of retired judges with a preference given to judges who reside within the City of Anaheim. The judges had served on the Orange County Superior Court and are residents of Orange County. The five selected judges served as volunteers.

Following Committee appointment, the Committee immediately held 10 public meetings across Anaheim to ensure all residents were educated about the districting process and to promote participation and equal access to all meetings. 

The city's demographer, Justin Levitt, was present during each meeting to answer questions of the Committee and the public relating to his analysis of Anaheim's community based on current census data (2010).  Among many things, he also provided hands-on assistance to members of the public who were interested in developing district boundary maps and submitting them to the Committee.

After months of conducting public meetings, reviewing 39 maps, hearing public testimony from over 700 residents, and consulting with the City’s demographer, the Committee recommended one map to the Anaheim City Council. 

On October 6, 2015, the Committee submitted its Final Report and Recommended Plan to the City Council.  The Recommended Plan places two city landmarks – the Anaheim Resort and Platinum Triangle – into two districts. It also has one Latino-majority CVAP and two Latino-plurality CVAP, as well as keeps communities of interests together.

The Final Report was based on public testimony, federal and state laws and criteria set by the City Council.  The U.S. Constitution requires districts contain roughly equal population and the Federal Voting Rights Act prohibit racial gerrymandering. In establishing the boundaries of the districts, the Committee and the City Council considered at least the following factors: 

The U.S. Constitution
The Voting Rights Act of 1965
California Elections Code
District population equality
Topography and geography
Cohesiveness, contiguity, integrity and compactness of territory
Communities of interest
Future population growth

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