Citizens' Districting Commission

Help Draw Modesto!

Like many cities throughout California, Modesto utilizes a district-based system of electing council members.  After each decennial U.S. census, cities with district-based systems must “redistrict” to adjust the boundaries of the council members’ districts using the new census data. Every ten years, districts must be redrawn so that each district is substantially equal in population.  If you are interested in serving on the commission please see below information.

How to Apply

Applications accepted through August 31, 2021. Formal appointments will be made at the City Council meeting on September 14, 2021. Persons interested in applying to be a member of the Citizens’ Districting Commission may submit their completed application online, to the Executive Assistant to the City Council in person, mail at 1010 10th Street, Suite 6200, Modesto, CA 95354, email or fax to 209-571-5586.

City of Modesto’s Charter, Section 501(b)(2).

Commission Requirements

The Charter provides that "strong consideration shall be given" to composing the commission with the following members:

  • A retired Stanislaus County judge as chairperson; 
  • One (1) member from a bona fide local taxpayer’s association with tax-exempt status under the relevant provisions of the Internal Revenue Code; 
  • One (1) member from a bona fide local nonpartisan political organization, with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, dedicated to encouraging informed and active participation in government; 
  • One (1) member from a bona fide local civil rights organization with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; 
  • One (1) member from a former Civil Grand Jury who has served in that role within the previous five (5) years; 
  • Additional members who have demonstrated civic involvement and a capacity to serve in an honest, independent, and impartial fashion, while upholding public confidence in the integrity of the redistricting process

City of Modesto Charter Article V, Section 501(b) (3) (A).

Commission Commitments

Each member will be required to attend at least four public hearing meetings (approximately two hours each). Additionally, there will be approximately 20 to 30 additional hours for related meetings and outreach required in order to provide the City Council with recommendations.