Allan Hancock Community College District elects our Board of Trustees by area, as opposed to holding districtwide elections. This means that voters that live in specific areas of the college district elect a single representative to serve their community on the district’s Board of Trustees. Doing so ensures that the voting rights of all community members are respected and there is a diverse set of perspectives governing our district.
Every ten years, after the decennial US Census, local governments and school districts that elect their governing boards by trustee areas must redraw area lines to ensure that the populations of each area are equal. This process is called redistricting. Right now, redistricting is occurring at every level of government, from school boards to the United States Congress. This process will ensure that each of our district’s five trustees represent roughly the same amount of people.
During the redistricting process, the board will determine what neighborhoods in our jurisdiction should be grouped together in Board of Trustee elections. It is important that members of the public engage with this process to help the board understand how to best accomplish this goal.
Current Trustee Areas
To view a map of the existing AHC trustee area boundaries, please visit the Trustees Areas page
New trustee area lines will be adopted using the following state and federal criteria:
- Equal Population: The total population of each trustee area should be as close as possible, based on the most recent federal decennial census data adjusted in accordance with state law to place incarcerated persons in their last known place of residence
- Federal Voting Rights Act: Protects the voting rights of protected classes by prohibiting the “packing” of minority voters into a single district or “cracking” minority voting populations into multiple districts
- Contiguous districts: areas should be both geographically connected and functionally connected, meaning it is possible to get from one point in the trustee area to another
- Communities of interest: neighborhoods and communities of residents that share some sort of commonality should be kept together to the extent possible
- Respect natural or human-made boundaries: roads, natural topography, rivers, train tracks, etc. should be used to the extent possible as dividing lines between trustee areas
- Trustee area boundaries will not be drawn with the intent to favor a political party
The public is welcome and encouraged to participate in the redistricting process. Our board will be making decisions regarding redistricting during normally scheduled board meetings, which are open to the public and always include opportunities to provide public comment. If you have specific questions or feedback about the redistricting process please feel free to email Carmen Camacho at firstname.lastname@example.org or 805.346.1001.
This timeline is subject to change:
Sept. 14, 2021
- The Board of Trustees Received an initial presentation regarding the redistricting process and the criteria used to adjust trustee boundaries.
Oct. 12, 2021
- The Board of Trustees was presented with four map scenarios (see below) that adjust the current boundaries and balance population.
- The Board of Trustees will receive public comment on redistricting and the map scenarios and provide direction on what to include in draft maps.
- The Board of Trustees will review a draft map, receive public comment, and provide direction on any final adjustments they would like to make.
- The Board of Trustees will receive public comment and adopt a final map.
- The first election will be held under the newly revised Trustee Areas.
On October 12, 2021 the board was presented with three map scenarios that adjust the current trustee boundaries and balance population between the areas. These scenarios are draft maps and are simply intended to present options to the community and board and begin conversations about potential adjustments.