By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Friday, May 6th, 2011 at 3:33 pm in redistricting.
A decade ago, political junkies needed pricey mapping software to draw their own political district boundary proposals. Today, anyone with halfway decent computer can draw maps from home.
Contra Costa County will host a DistrictBuilder webinar Monday, an informative online presentation about how to use web-based software that permits residents to draw their own county supervisorial maps.
Following the decennial census, public agencies governed by members elected from districts must redraw their political boundaries in order to comply with the constitutional “one person, one vote” mandate.
Voters statewide turned the job of drawing congressional and legislative lines over to an independent redistircting commission but boards of supervisors still draw their own.
Contra Costa’s five elected supervisors will select a final district boundary map later this summer but residents are invited to submit their own maps online for consideration.
The free DistrictBuilder webinar will be held live on Monday from 12:30-2 p.m. and the session will be recorded and posted, viewable at any time after the event.
Participants will learn about redistricting rules, how to set up an account, create and edit maps, and share and export the plans. The webinar is free but you must sign up at https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/242916862.
For additional information, visist the county’s redistricting web site at www.ccRedistricting.org.