The Sacramento City Council voted this week to form a citizen's advisory committee. That means the general public will be involed with the redistricting process.
Ted Lascher is a public policy professor at Sacramento State. He says ordinary people can help in a number of ways.
Lascher: "They can advise both on specifics. But also they can advise on how much you should be considering racial makeup, compactness, competitiveness. Things of that sort."
Scot Mende is one of the city staffers running the redistricting process. He says the citizen's committee offers advice, and the city council can either take it or leave it.
Mende: "It's advisory only. Ultimately, by city charter, the city council makes the final decision of boundaries."
The committee should be formed by April, when the census data comes out.