To meet legislative direction and to ensure its five divisions remain balanced and retain equal representation, NID has begun a redistricting process.

What is Redistricting

Redistricting is the process of amending division boundaries. NID Directors will incorporate criteria and make adjustments to its five divisions that are fair and equitable. These criteria include:
• Establish divisions of relatively equal population not to exceed 10 percent from the largest to smallest
• Contiguous territory – divisions should not hop or jump
• Maintain “communities of interest” – bringing like people together for representation
• Follow city/county/local government lines

Get Involved – Help Determine our “Communities of Interest”

A Community of Interest (COI) is any cohesive group of people that live in a geographically definable area and should be considered as a potential voting bloc in current or future elections.

A community of interest includes ethnic and language minorities and other groups:

Ethnic communities covered by the Voting Rights Act – Latinos, Asians and African Americans. While race is a community of interest, it cannot be the predominant factor in drawing districts.

Other Communities: 

• People living near an industry (farming, higher education, manufacturing)
• Senior Citizens or Students
• Downtown / Urban
• Rural or Agricultural
• Homeowners or Renters

Public meetings will be held to obtain input on communities of interest and receive feedback on potential districting plans prior to board adoption.

Input can be provided in public meetings or using our “Community of Interest” Worksheet. Click HERE to download the “Community of Interest” COI Worksheet

How to document your COI – worksheet info:
1.What is the nature of the bond or common interest of your community? You can describe what the common interests of your community are, and why or how they are important.

2.Where is your community located? You can define it by drawing it on a map or describing it by natural or street/city/school board or other political boundaries.

3.What is the rationale for your community of interest to be used in this districting? You can describe how the community interacts with the NID division being districted, and how the issues before the NID Board of Directors have a unique impact on that community.

Redistricting Timeframe

NID has scheduled four public meetings to receive community input prior to drafting a final map and adoption by the Board of Directors. The current meeting schedule is designed for maximum public participation and transparency throughout this process. We look forward to hearing from the community.

Redistricting process schedule:

  • Aug 28 1st Public Meeting – completed
  • Sept 11 2nd Public Meeting – completed
  • Sept 18 Initial draft maps published
  • Oct 9 3rd Public Meeting. Draft Map Review
  • Oct 16 Publish amended draft maps (if any)
  • Oct 23 4th Public Meeting
  • Nov 6 Publish final map
  • Nov 13 Adoption

Learn more about the California Voting Rights Act. Click HERE.

Download the “Community of Interest” worksheet – COI-Worksheet