District Based Elections
Cities with district-based elections are required to update (redistrict) the district boundaries every ten years, following the receipt of updated population data from each federal decennial census. Since the City of Morgan Hill has district-based elections for four Council Seats, the City must redistrict the district boundaries prior to the next election of Council Members in 2022.
Council Districts A and C were on the ballot on November 3, 2020, and Council Districts B and D will be on the ballot on November 8, 2022. Although the City established the district boundaries less than ten years ago, on September 6, 2017, for the November 2018 election, the boundaries are based on the 2010 federal census, which means the City must now update the boundaries through the redistricting process based on the 2020 federal census data.
Redistricting Process 2021-2022
As mentioned above, local governments use new data from the Census every ten years 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. The City of Morgan Hill is asking for your help to draw new district boundaries for Council Members.
The finalized maps that you will help us create will change how you elect your Council Members for the next ten years.
When redrawing Council Member districts, our primary goal is to draw lines that respect neighborhoods, history, and geographical elements. So we want to know: What do you consider the boundaries of your neighborhood?
Public hearings to update the community on the redistricting process and to receive feedback about what neighborhoods and/or communities of interest should be taken into consideration while creating district boundaries