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Report ID: 21-029b   
Type: Regular - External Affairs
Meeting Body: Board of Directors - Regular Meeting
Meeting Date: 11/10/2021 Final action:
Recommended Action: Consider receiving report on the current AC Transit Ward boundaries as aligned with 2020 the U.S. Census data.
Attachments: 1. STAFF REPORT, 2. Att.1. 2010 Ward Statistics, 3. Att.2. 2020 Current Ward Statistics
TO: AC Transit Board of Directors
FROM: Linda A. Nemeroff, District Secretary
SUBJECT: Redistricting Project Update

BRIEFING ITEM

RECOMMENDED ACTION(S):

Title
Consider receiving report on the current AC Transit Ward boundaries as aligned with 2020 the U.S. Census data.
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STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE:

There is no strategic importance associated with this report.

BUDGETARY/FISCAL IMPACT:

There is no budgetary/fiscal impact associated with this report.

BACKGROUND/RATIONALE:

The purpose of this report is to update that Board on how the District's current ward boundaries align with the 2020 Census population data, which will provide a window into what to expect in the upcoming Redistricting Project. Based on current Census data, AC Transit currently has a total population of 1,572,982 which represents an increase of 9.4% over 2010 population figures. When the current population count is divided by five, the ideal population for each ward is 314,596 (ideal population in 2010 was 284,743). Determining ideal population is center to the redistricting process because it determines how much adjustment will be required in each ward in terms of boundary movement.

Outlined below is the current population deviation for each of the five wards (a more detailed population summary is provided in Attachment 2):

Ward
Ideal Population
Actual Population
Population Deviation Numeric
Population Deviation %|1010|314,596
315,110
514
.163|1010|314,596
322,305
7,709
2.45|1010|314,596
314,432
-164
-.052|1010|314,596
312,633
-1,983
-.0624|1010|314,596
308,502
-6,094
-1.937

The population summary provided above shows that population adjustments will be required in every ward even though Wards 1 and 3 are within range of the ideal population figure. It should be noted that for the purposes of redistricting, population need not be exact, but as near as practicable to equal, taking into account the Voting Rights Act, communities of interest, compactness, contiguity and ...

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