District Elections

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The City has four distinct districts for the City Council. Under the district-based method, voters may elect City Council candidates only from their district. The adopted map of City Council election districts. The first two districts (3 and 4) became effective starting in December 2018 after the County Elections office certified results of the November 6, 2018 election for Districts 3 and 4. The Mayor's position is still elected at-large by all voters. The incumbent City Councilmembers who were not up for election in November 2018 continued to serve all of the City until after the November 2020 election results were certified for Districts 1 and 2.

The City Council in March 2018 decided to continue its practice of governing with a Citywide perspective following the shift to elections of Councilmembers by Council districts. The staff report about Citywide Governance by District Elected Council and the adopted Resolution for Governance.

View the interactive map of districts. This provides an easy way to look up a location and the resulting district number. Users can type an address (followed by: , Santa Maria) in the search box at top left and the view will zoom to that location. It is recommended that users switch the base map to the satellite view to confirm a location.

Beginning with the November 2018 election, voters participated in the first district-based election when two City Council seats were up for election. Those were in District 3 (the southwest portion of the City) and District 4 (the southeast portion).

In the November 2020 election, voters in Districts 1 (northwest) and 2 (northeast) will each elect a City Councilmember, and all voters will decide the Mayor's position. In June 2017, the City Council adopted a resolution confirming and establishing the duties and obligations of the Mayor's Office.

The Santa Maria City Council on May 16, 2017 adopted the district election map. The Council on February 21, 2017 launched the process to convert its elections from the current at-large voting system to a district-based process. It held four public hearings in this process and considered 17 submitted maps.

The final map was chosen after the Council listened to the public during four public hearings and considered suggestions and 17 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 geographic division 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. Districts also must meet criterion as set by the California Voting Rights Act.

Statistics about the district map chosen by the City Council are here.



City Council staff report for May 16, 2017 and the ordinance establishing a by-district election process
City Council staff report of February 21, 2017
City Council staff report of March 7, 2017 and Here is the presentation
City Council staff report for March 30, 2017
City Council staff report for April 20, 2017
City Council staff report for May 2, 2017


May 3, 2017: City Council Chooses District Elections Map and Elections Sequence
April 21, 2017: City Council Selects Three District Elections Map Finalists, Process Continues
April 7, 2017: Residents' District Map Proposals due April 11th; Drafts Now Online
March 22, 2017: Public Hearings About District-Based Elections Maps
February 27, 2017: The Process to Transition to District-Based Elections to be Discussed at City Council Meetings
February 17, 2017: Santa Maria City Council to Consider District Elections


Email from Audy Macdonald regarding her preference of map - May 2, 2017
Letter from MALDEF regarding final three map choices - May 2, 2017
Letter from Kate Dudley regarding her preference of map - May 2, 2017
Letter from County Elections Office regarding three final draft maps regarding impact on voters May 1, 2017
Email from Kathleen Sharum supporting the CAUSE - 4 District Map submission - April 20, 2017
Email from City Manager (per Councilmember Moats) requesting removal of Moats' map from further consideration - April 20, 2017
Email from County Elections' Office regarding preferred map choices - April 18, 2017
Map Submission from Karen Cordary - April 11, 2017
Map Submission from Sally Macias - April 11, 2017
Map Submission from Eileen Trujillo - April 11, 2017
Map Submission from Michael Moats - April 10, 2017
PowerPoint Slides from County of Santa Barbara Elections - March 30, 2017
Map Submission from Judy Garrett - March 30, 2017
Map Submission from Buena Vista Beautifiers (Virginia Souza) - March 30, 2017
Email from Robert Scott - March 30, 2017
Letter from Elizabeth Schneider - March 30, 2017
Email from Ron Faas - March 29, 2017
Email from Santa Maria Times regarding Hector Sanchez's Map Suggestion - March 29, 2017
Email from Santa Maria Times regarding Hazel Davalos, CAUSE's Map Suggestion - March 29, 2017
Email from Santa Maria Times regarding David Baskett's Map Suggestion - March 29, 2017
Email from Renee Bischof, Chief Deputy Registrar of Voters County of Santa Barbara - March 27, 2017
Map Submission from George Enriguez - March 29, 2017
Santa Maria Times article with Map Suggestions from Hector Sanchez, Dave Baskett, George Enriquez, and CAUSE - March 26, 2017
Email from Kathryn Adams - March 23, 2017
Email from Robert Dickerson - March 23, 2017
Email with Map Submission from Robert Dickerson - March 10, 2017
Letter from Robert Dickerson - March 7, 2017
Email from Hunter and Carla Jameson - March 7, 2017
Map Submission from George Enriquez - March 7, 2017


The below maps have been processed by the demographer. These maps originated either as submitted by residents or upon the recommendation of the demographer after hearing public testimony.

Proposed by Residents

Proposed by Demographer

Demographer's Draft Maps Statistics Summary

Final Three Maps

The following maps are in no particular order:

Draft Map H-1  Draft Map H-1 statistics

Draft Map J-1  Draft Map J-1 statistics

Draft Map N-1  Draft Map N-1 statistics

draft map template

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