San Francisco Elections Task Force looking for help redrawing district boundaries

Live and vote in San Francisco? Outside of politics? Have general knowledge about San Francisco’s neighborhoods? Like drawing lines, then redrawing them, then re-redrawing them?

Then you could be a candidate for The City’s next redistricting task force.

The Elections Commission is currently accepting applications for an Elections Task Force, whose job will be to redraw supervisorial lines so the districts all have about the same amount of people in them.

That job will not likely be an easy one. Though Elections Chief John Arntz has not yet officially made a decision that redistricting is necessary, but he told the San Francisco Examiner last week that it appears inevitable – largely thanks to the increasingly behemoth District  6.

According to a Planning Department memo sent to supervisors and the mayor last week, District 6, which includes the Tenderloin and South of Market Area, has grown by some 24,000 people. That means at least 20,000 residents will have to be placed in adjacent districts, and those districts, in turn, will have to change boundaries to ensure they are about the right size.

How this ripple effect plays out is likely to be highly political, as it was when the last redistricting task force convened in 2002.

People up for the challenge can apply to the Elections Commission by April 5. The Elections Commission is expected to hold a special meeting to interview applicants on May 4. The commission will choose three candidates at its regular meeting on June 15.

The Board of Supervisors and Mayor Ed Lee will each be able to nominate three candidates as well.

Arntz said he expects the task force to begin work in late summer or early fall, after the California redistricting commission finishes drawing its own lines for state offices.

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