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County of Santa Barbara
Citizens' Independent Redistricting Commission

Santa Barbara County residents can apply until 5 p.m. Friday, August 21, 2020



The County of Santa Barbara is accepting applications from county residents who are interested in serving as a commissioner on the "You Draw the Lines"- County of Santa Barbara Citizens' Independent Redistricting Commission. The commission will be tasked with establishing the electoral district boundaries in Santa Barbara County for the upcoming decade following receipt of the 2020 federal census data. An 11-member commission will provide an open and transparent process that enables full public consideration and comment on the drawing of district lines. Commissioners will conduct themselves with integrity and fairness to create an independent and unbiased map.

Applicants meeting the qualifications will be posted online for public review. Following the application deadline of August 21, the County Elections Official will select the 45 most qualified applicants based on the criteria and qualifications detailed in the Ordinance, whose names will be posted online for 30 days for the public to review before a random drawing to select five commissioners. Those five commissioners will then pick another five members and one at-large member to complete the commission.

The selection process is designed to produce a commission that is independent from the influence of the board, political parties, campaign contributors or other special financial interests, and is reasonably representative of the county's diversity.

The required qualifications to become a commissioner are as follows:

  • Be a resident of Santa Barbara County.
  • Be a voter registered in Santa Barbara County.
  • Have not changed registered political party affiliation within the past five years immediately preceding the date of appointment to the commission.
  • Have voted in Santa Barbara County in at least one of the last three statewide elections immediately preceding applying to the commission.
  • Must be eligible under the provisions of Elections Code § 23003(c), (d) and (e).  
  • No commissioner may have any significant financial interest, as defined in the ordinance, in any company, corporation or other business entity that has donated $500 or more in one year to any candidate for elective office of the County of Santa Barbara, or to any controlled committee, primarily formed committee, general purpose committee, independent expenditure committee that expended funds in support or opposition to a candidate for elective office of the County of Santa Barbara within the last eight years preceding appointment to the commission.
  • No commissioner or immediate family member may, within the last eight years preceding appointment to the commission, have contributed $500 or more in one year to any candidate-controlled committee, primarily formed committee, or general purpose committee, independent expenditures committee or other political action committee that has expended more than $1,000 in support or in opposition to the election campaign for any elective office of the County of Santa Barbara.
  • No commissioner or immediate family member may, within the last eight years preceding appointment to the commission, have been a board member, officer, paid or volunteer staff of, or had a significant influence on the actions or decisions of a political committee required to register with the California Secretary of State, which expended funds in excess of $500 in support or opposition to a candidate for any elective office of the County of Santa Barbara, including member communications.

In addition, the following criteria will be taken into account:

  • Experience that demonstrates analytical skills relevant to the redistricting process and voting rights, and ability to comprehend and apply the applicable state and federal legal requirements.
  • Experience that demonstrates an ability to be impartial.
  • Experience that demonstrates an appreciation for the geographic and cultural diversity of Santa Barbara County.

If selected to serve on the commission, a commissioner may not do the following:

  • While serving on the commission, endorse, work for, volunteer for, or make a campaign contribution to, a candidate for any county elective office.
  • Be a candidate for an elective county office for 10 years commencing with the date of his or her appointment to the commission.
  • For four years commencing with the date of his or her appointment to the commission:
    • Accept an appointment to any county office, board or commission.
    • Accept employment as a staff member of, or consultant to, an elected county official or candidate for county elective office.
    • In their personal capacity, receive a noncompetitively bid contract with the county.
    • Register as a lobbyist for the county.

To apply for the Citizens' Independent Redistricting Commission, please review the qualifications and criteria posted above. Applicants will be required to submit a copy of their completed application with an original signature no later than 5 p.m. Friday, August 21, 2020.  Incomplete or late submissions will not be considered.

OPTION 1: 
Mail To: 

Joseph E. Holland 
Redistricting Commission 
County Clerk, Recorder, Assessor, Registrar of Voters
P.O. Box 159 
Santa Barbara, CA 93102-0159 

Drop Off in Person To:

Joseph E. Holland Redistricting Commission Assessor's Office 
105 E. Anapamu St, Room 204 Santa Barbara, CA 93101

OPTION 2:

E-mail your completed application. Ensure the application is signed (no e-signatures), then e-mail the application to: redistricting@countyofsb.org


Download Application   Note: We recommend the latest version of the Chrome browser for accessing this form.


Download non-fillable version of the Application Form

If you need the Citizens' Independent Redistricting Commission application mailed to you, please reach out to redistricting@countyofsb.orgfor assistance. 

For questions about the Commission or application process, please refer to the  Ordinance or email questions to redistricting@countysb.org

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