District Elections Map and Sequence
May 3, 2017
City Council Chooses District Elections Map and Elections Sequence
The Santa Maria City Council on Tuesday chose its first district election map boundaries, and also decided that voters in the southwest and southeast quadrants will be the first to vote for representatives in the 2018 election, followed by another election in 2020.
The City will have four distinct districts for future City Council elections and the Mayor’s position will still be elected at-large by all voters. The Citywide district map is scheduled to become formally adopted at the next City Council meeting on May 16th.
“The Council was successful in complying with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s (MALDEF) request to have one Latino majority district up for election in November 2018. In all, the district map that Council chose is comprised of three out of four districts having a Latino majority which is more than what the law requires,” City Manager Rick Haydon said.
The final map was chosen after the Council listened to the public during numerous public hearings and considered suggestions and draft maps submitted by the public and the City-hired demographer. The Council decided that the City’s population had to be equally divided into four districts; the districts had to start their divisions at Broadway and Main (State Highways 135 and 166); a portion of each district had to contain a part of the City’s Downtown Specific Plan; there had to be fair representation of renters in each district; and the districts had to adhere to the rules set by the Federal Voting Rights Act.
The City Council on February 21st launched the process to convert its elections from the current at-large voting system to a district-based process, after receiving a letter from an attorney representing an unsuccessful City Council candidate in the November 2016 election, asserting that the City’s at-large electoral system violated the California Voting Rights Act. The first district-based election is to be held in 2018, when two City Council seats will be up for election, followed in 2020 by the remaining two district seats and the Mayor’s position.
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