Redistricting: Mapping for Social Justice
DHF worked with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) in 2016 to file a lawsuit against the Kern County Board of Supervisors under the federal Voting Rights Act. Kern County’s Latino population has been disenfranchised in the local democratic process for the past 20 years. In 2018 Latinos comprised over 50% of the population of Kern County yet only had one Latino majority supervisorial district. In 2011 the Board of Supervisors voted to adopt an illegal district map. The lawsuit concluded with the U.S. District Court Judge Dale Drozd ordering the County to work with MALDEF to draw new lines. During the process DHF submitted maps and data for consideration. As of March 26, 2018 the Kern County Board of Supervisors now has two Latino-majority districts. Candidates will be running to fill the open positions in the Midterm Elections in November 2018 foregoing the Primary Election due to the timing of the court’s decision.