Use our online tool or provide a paper map
Berkeley, California (Friday, November 05, 2021) - Propose new boundaries for Berkeley's eight council districts so that they fairly represent the people of Berkeley without political considerations.
A principal goal is to create maps that keep people of similar social and economic interests together, and, in doing so, help strengthen their political representation.
You can create these maps using our online tool or on paper. They'll be given to an independent commission that is, for the first time, being tasked to create maps instead of the elected officials who hold those seats.
Following once-a-decade Census tallies of how neighborhoods have grown or shrunk, each of the City's eight political districts is re-drawn to have roughly the same number people and provide fair representation.
Give your perspective as a resident or community member about what fair representation would look like!
Online tool offers options, information about districts
You can draw just one Council district in your map or all eight. They'll all be considered.
One option for creating and submitting a map is via our online mapping tool.
- On the Maptitude Online Redistricting login page, create a username and password using the New User link.
- Login with your new username and click the new plan button in the plan
- Choose a starting point for your plan and click create
- Type a name for your plan and click OK.
- Maptitude opens a map with and displays the district boundaries. You are ready to start changing the districts.
- The Quick Start Guide on the right of the map shows the typical steps that you will use to create districts.
- Map tools change the map scale and get information about the features in a map.
- Layers/legends box allow you to choose what layers are visible in the map and see a legend for the map.
- Districts box displays a table with demographic information about the districts. The table's title bar tells you how many districts are in the plan and the ideal value for each district.
- Redistricting toolbox contains the tools for modifying districts in the plan.
- When you have finalized your plan, you need to check it for errors. If your plan is free from errors, you can submit it to the appropriate commission.
Want a little extra support? You can also watch our training video to help you get started.
Paper maps also accepted
Alternatively, you can also submit paper maps with hand-drawn boundaries. The City has created paper maps that have population blocks outlined. The city's paper map also outlines the rules for combining those populations.
You can get a copy:
- Online download to print at home
- In person or via mail from the City Clerk Department
- 2180 Milvia St., 1st Floor, Berkeley, CA 94704
- (510) 981-6900
- M-F, 8am to 5pm
The deadline for submitting maps is Monday, November 15.
Help keep communities of interest together
Keeping communities together in the same voting district is important.
Tell the Independent Redistricting Commission what those communities are and where they are located. This might be something cultural, historical, or demographic.
You can submit online form digitally or print it and submit via:
- Email: email@example.com
- In person: Call (510) 981‐6908 to make an appointment.
- Mail: City Clerk Department, 2180 Milvia St., 1st Floor, Berkeley, CA 94704
Draw and submit your idea about how Council Districts should look to help create fair representation in Berkeley.
- Online mapping tool
- Map submission training video
- City of Berkeley Independent Redistricting Commission
- Communities of Interest Online Form
- Communities of Interest downloadable form (English/Español)