2021 Redistricting process
Every 10 years, we review and realign our ward boundaries to reflect updated data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Why are we redistricting?
SMUD is a community-owned utility and a public entity, which means our customers elect our seven-member Board of Directors. Each director represents the community of people who live in a different geographic area or "ward."
The Municipal Utility District (or MUD) Act, which governs municipal utility districts like SMUD, requires that our ward boundaries be redrawn every 10 years to reflect new census data. Under both federal and state law, the boundaries must be adjusted so the population difference between the largest and smallest wards is less than 10%.
As part of this process, we will draw alternative proposed maps in a way that, to the extent practicable, does not divide communities of interest, meaning we will try to ensure contiguous populations sharing common social and economic interests are included within a single ward. We will also consider geography topography, cohesiveness, contiguity, integrity, and compactness of territory.
How can I view current and proposed maps?
- To view which ward you are currently in, select “View current ward boundaries” and enter your address.
- To view which ward you would be in under either of the two proposed options, select “View proposed ward boundaries” and review the instructions on the left side of the page. You may need to scroll down to see all instructions.
- Visit Maps for PDFs of the proposed options.
*Proposed map is best viewed on Chrome or Edge on a desktop computer
What's the process?
Your voice is important during the redistricting process. We'll hold several public workshops to discuss the proposed maps and gather customer input. For the safety of our customers and employees, all meetings will be held virtually. If you would like to provide verbal public comment during the workshop, please email your request to PublicComment@smud.org.
- December 15: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
- November 4: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Please check back soon for additional meeting information.
In addition to the public workshops, customers can provide feedback or submit questions by emailing email@example.com or calling 1-888-742-7683. Comments may also be mailed to: SMUD, Attn: Redistricting, 6201 S Street, MS B308, Sacramento, CA 95817.
- September: All necessary data is received by SMUD and work begins on proposed boundary maps
- October: Proposed maps are posted to this webpage and at SMUD's Customer Service Center
- November 4: First public redistricting workshop
- November 16: Board of Directors reviews public comment and options to select preferred redistricting map
- November 18: Board of Directors approves circulation of preferred redistricting map to adjust ward boundaries
- December 15: Second public redistricting workshop
- January 18, 2022: Board reviews public comment and staff recommendation for final map
- January 20, 2022: Board of Directors vote to adopt final ward boundaries
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The first map linked below shows the current boundaries of SMUD’s wards with the populations as determined in the U.S. Census with adjustments required under California law. The data indicate that the ward boundaries must be redrawn (i.e., redistricted) to make the respective ward populations more equal in number. As of now, Ward 5 exceeds the maximum population limit (compared with the other wards) and Ward 1 lacks sufficient population.
After authorizing the release of two Option maps and considering public comment received to date, the SMUD Board of Directors has selected a Preferred Alternative: Option Map 1a, a variation of the original Option 1. This map is also linked below. SMUD is seeking comments on Option Map 1a, and any other comments our customers would like to submit on redistricting, a potential new ward map, or the process.
The original Option Maps 1 and 2 are also linked below both for background and context, and in case the public wishes to provide comments beyond only the Preferred Alternative.
- Draft Preliminary Map – Overview (file size 30 MB)
- Draft Alternative Map – Option 1b – Focus Map (40 MB)
- Draft Preliminary Map – Option 1 (file size 38 MB)
- Draft Preliminary Map – Option 2 (file size 30 MB)
- Demographic Information – Breakdown for Current Wards, Preferred Alternative Option 1a, Option 1, and Option 2