Initial redistricting maps to be presented to county board and public May 24

Merced County said initial redistricting maps will be presented to the Board of Supervisors and public for the first time on Tuesday, May 24, at 10 a.m.

Douglas Mark Johnson, of National Demographics Corp. will present the maps and answer any questions. The presentation will be held in the County Administration Building, 2222 M Street, in the third-floor board chambers.

After the Board of Supervisors’ meeting May 24, a series of public meetings will be scheduled throughout the county to bring the initial maps to communities for discussion and comment. A notice will be sent out notifying the public of the locations, dates and times of the meetings.

California Elections Code Section 21500 requires counties to redistrict after each federal census. While the population of Merced County increased by 21.5 percent under the 2010 census, the population growth hasn’t been uniform throughout the county, according to a news release. Redistricting is a process in which the supervisorial district boundaries are adjusted in compliance with applicable state and federal law.

For notices on future meetings go to www.co.merced.ca.us/redistricting/notify, or to request further information about the Merced County Redistricting Project, contact Amber Phillips at (209) 385-7500.

For more information about Merced County, please visit the website www.co.merced.ca.us.