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How are the divisions drawn?

February 11, 2024

Generally, the following factors are considered when drawing special districts (divisions), such as the Turlock Irrigation District (California Elections Code 22000)

  • Each divisions should contain nearly the same number of people;
  • Boundaries shall be drawn in a manner that complies with the United States Constitution and the Federal Voting Rights Act;
  • Local topography;
  • Local geography;
  • Cohesiveness, contiguity, and compactness of territory;
  • Divisions shall respect communities of interest. A Community of Interest (COI) generally refers to a contiguous population which shares common social and economic interests that should be included within a single divisions for purposes of fair and effective representation;