The county Board of Supervisors voted to seek a realignment of state legislative districts to the west instead of the north.
The decision comes at a time when the decennial process, which follows the census, is under way.
Supervisors' Chairman Tony Tirado voted to abstain from the otherwise unanimous vote because the motion was to merely seek an alignment to the "southwest."
"In my opinion we have to be more defined than that," Tirado said after the vote.
Tirado suggested the alignment of Assembly and Senate boundaries go north to include the city of Indio before shifting west.
Voting for the southwest alignment were supervisors Hank Kuiper, Wally Leimgruber, Joe Maruca and Gary Wyatt.
The issue was before the board on request of Maruca, who asked the board take at least a "nebulous" position on how it thinks the boundaries should be aligned even though the decision will be made by Assembly and Senate committees in Sacramento.