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.

View current ward boundaries

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.

Please check back soon for additional meeting information.

In addition to the public workshops, customers can provide feedback or submit questions by emailing redistrict@smud.org.

Timeline

  • 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
  • December 15: Second public redistricting workshop
  • January 2022: Board of Directors vote to adopt final ward boundaries

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Maps

The first linked map 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. The 2 draft redistricting option maps linked below are intended as examples of how the Wards could be redrawn to ensure they meet population standards. SMUD is seeking comments on these maps, and any other comments our customers would like to submit on redistricting, a potential new Ward map, or the process.