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Friday, December 3, 2021

Going Ahead: Redistributing Out of Here

Oroville — Both proposed district maps for Butte County are closed as of Monday and the deadline for agreed maps is December 15.

After a lengthy, emotionally-charged special meeting held on Monday, supervisor Doug Teeter, who had previously introduced one of the maps discussed, approached the consulting firm on 6 December with the new maps for the board to consider. Made a proposal for the return of redistribution partners.

Demographer Chris Chaffee agreed to create some new options for the board.

While the deadline may be coming to an end, Butte County Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Brian Ring said the board still has time to meet it.

“They have time,” Ring said. “I know it’s getting closer and closer to that date, but there’s been a lot of talk and a lot of discussion. (The board) obviously doesn’t agree with the actions of the meeting on November 22, but we’ll see that on December 6th.” What happens to it?”

Ring said that maps that come on board on December 6 will still have time to adjust as desired by observers and will still be in compliance with the Fair Maps Act, however, there will be time constraints.

Chaffee will essentially be required to post all of its proposed maps via the county’s website at least three days before the December 6 meeting. Ring said the maps would be posted on both the agenda of the meeting and on Buttecounty.net/redistricting.

If observers cannot agree on the map on December 6 or ask for adjustments, another special meeting will need to be held to post the final map to the December 14 meeting or three days before the deadline.

In a worst-case scenario where a map is not selected by December 15, Ring said it is possible for a high-level government official to step through the courts to select a new map for Butte County. .

Either way, the first election to use the new county district map will take place in June, at which point observers Tammy Ritter and Debra Lucero will be up for re-election.

the other three observers; Teeter, Bill Connelly and Todd Kimmelshu; Will be re-elected in 2024.


The final game of redistribution comes in the elections of the future.

Although the deadline for drawing up a map for the county may be December 15, the work doesn’t end there. The Butte County Election Office must take the map and place it in reference to the ballot.

Elections manager Keaton Denley said he was going to have a particularly busy year ahead of him in office.

Within 28 days of map selection, the election office must enter the map into its system to accept candidates for election. It allows election officials to verify the addresses of candidates to ensure that they can walk in the district they are proposing.

In order to move swiftly through the early stages of June’s election, counties will need to ensure that all ballots are matched along district lines.

Denley said the Elections Office works within the limits of individual district lines not only for counties but also for cities, school boards, as well as senatorial and congressional lines.

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“We’re also operating in a compressed timeline because of the pandemic which has put pressure on things and made it busy,” Denley said. “But we believe we can get it done.”

During the public comment period of Monday’s special redistribution meeting, Denley talked about minor map adjustments that may be needed to avoid voter confusion and ideally work with other district lines as well as school districts. can try.

“When you have maps, everyone is making their own maps,” Denley said. “You have city councils and supervisors doing their job so there are going to be a lot of lines but then you have school district and city boundaries that are going to remain the same. The problem we face is that the lines wander to one side or the other of a street or a line along a creek behind houses. ,

Denley said the changes are small and do not create much of a burden in terms of population.

“What we asked was that they are mindful of this and help us clear some of those lines by moving five voters here and there,” Denley said.

Map validity 69836

Chaffee was asked to give an analysis of the map brought forward by Teeter at the previous meeting to determine any conflicts with the Fair Maps Act.

The map was heavily criticized for having been created by political strategist and Teeter’s friend Josh Cook, as well as by someone outside a firm hired by the county.

Chaffee explained at the special meeting that the map would likely be at odds with the Fair Maps Act and presented a list of reasons for this.

Teeter, Connelly and Kimmelshue eventually voted out the map, as well as map A6, which was preferred by Lucero and Ritter.

Since the map had no legal analysis before it was taken off the table, it is difficult to say whether a judge would consider the map to be a case of gerrymandering or against the Fair Maps Act.

To complicate matters further, the Fair Maps Act is still a new force in the political and legal world which means that there is no standard yet in terms of interpretation.

“There has been no legal analysis of (Map 69836) and the Fair Maps Act is new so there is no case law either,” Ring said.

Ring said that regardless of the outcome, he expects residents to attend upcoming meetings.

“We encourage everyone to participate in this process,” Ring said.

The Butte County Board of Supervisors meets every second and third Tuesday of the month at 9 a.m. in its chambers located at 25 County Center Drive, Suite 205 in Oroville. The meetings are free and open to the public. Those who have not been fully vaccinated, it is mandatory for them to wear a mask while in the building.

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