Update - Final Map Adopted
On March 2, 2022, the City Council adopted resolution 22-013 selecting map 103 as the new district map for City Council elections. Map 103 largely retained the previous districts, which were established in 2017. Following the 2017 ordinance establishing district elections, the state enacted the Fair and Inclusive Redistricting for Municipalities and Political Subdivisions Act ("FAIR MAPS Act").
On March 23, 2022, the City Council received a letter from the Nielsen Merkskamer law firm demanding that the City cure its violation of the FAIR MAPS Act. On April 6, 2022, the City Council reaffirmed its action by adopting Map 103 as the City's new district map.
Following this action, the plaintiffs filed a lawsuit against the City challenging Map 103, alleging that the map was not legal and did not meet the requirements of the FAIR MAPS Act. At the hearing on May 9, 2022, the judge determined that Map 103 was not legal due to a lack of compliance with the contiguity requirement and directed the City Council to select a map that met the Fair Maps Act criteria.
On May 18, 2022, the City Council held a public hearing to comply with the court order and adopted resolution 22-035 selecting map NDC Green as the new district map for City Council elections.
With the adoption of a new map, the City of Morgan Hill's redistricting process is now complete. While the redistricting process is complete, this page remains live to serve as an archive of the election changes including the schedule, draft maps, and resources. Thank you to all those in the community that took the time to participate in this important process.
District Based Elections
Cities with district-based elections are required to update (redistrict) the district boundaries every ten years, following the receipt of updated population data from each federal decennial census. Since the City of Morgan Hill has district-based elections for four Council Seats, the City must redistrict the district boundaries prior to the next election of Council Members in 2022.
Council Districts A and C were on the ballot on November 3, 2020, and Council Districts B and D will be on the ballot on November 8, 2022. Although the City established the district boundaries less than ten years ago, on September 6, 2017, for the November 2018 election, the boundaries are based on the 2010 federal census, which means the City must now update the boundaries through the redistricting process based on the 2020 federal census data.
Redistricting Process 2021-2022
As mentioned above, local governments use new data from the Census every ten years to redraw their district lines to reflect how local populations have changed. Assembly Bill 849 (2019) requires cities and counties to engage communities in the redistricting process by holding public hearings and/or workshops and doing public outreach, including to non-English-speaking communities. The City of Morgan Hill is asking for your help to draw new district boundaries for Council Members.
The finalized maps that you will help us create will change how you elect your Council Members for the next ten years.
When redrawing Council Member districts, our primary goal is to draw lines that respect neighborhoods, history, and geographical elements. So we want to know: What do you consider the boundaries of your neighborhood?
City Council Districts and Demographic Data adopted in 2017
Public hearings to update the community on the redistricting process and to receive feedback about what neighborhoods and/or communities of interest should be taken into consideration while creating district boundaries
- 1/25/2022 - Morgan Hill's Redistricting Process Coming to a Close (PDF)
- 10/4/2021 - Updating City Council Districts (PDF)
- 10/4/2021 - Actualización de los Distritos del Ayuntamiento en Morgan Hill
- 8/16/2021 - Morgan Hill Launches Redistricting 2021 (PDF)
- 8/16/2021 - La Ciudad de Morgan Hill Lanza El Proceso De Redistribución De Distritos 2021 (PDF)