What is a Community of Interest (COI)?
A Community of Interest is a group of people that: share common social or economic interests, live in a geographically definable area, and should be included within a single district for purposes of effective and fair representation in future elections.
There are some communities of interest that are considered “protected classes” in that they have rights through state or federal civil rights or voting rights laws. Some examples of protected classes in districting would be ethnic and language minorities. There are other potential COI that can also be considered in redistricting, such as: senior citizens, college students, and rural and agricultural communities.
COI does not include relationships with political parties, incumbents, or political candidates.
Want to submit Community of Interest Information?
If you have a community of interest you would like to submit please access the form here.