Updated District-Based Elections Information

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By District Gavel ImageOn March 26, the Apple Valley Town Council held its first in a series of public hearings and workshops to discuss switching from at-large to by-district voting.

Town Council Members are currently elected through an at-large election system, where voters from throughout the entire Town can vote for any Council candidates. In a by-district or district-based election system, however, a Council candidate must reside within an election district and is elected by voters residing only within that geographic area.

In recent years, a number of cities in California have been sued under the California Voter’s Rights Act (CVRA) by plaintiffs alleging that at-large election systems result in “racially polarized” voting. On January 2, the Town received a letter from Kevin Shenkman of Shenkman & Hughes, PC, alleging that the Town’s at-large election system diluted the ability of certain protected classes of persons within the Town to elect candidates of their choice based on the CVRA.

Following discussion at a special meeting on Feb. 15, the Town Council adopted a resolution to declare its intent to transition to a by-district system.

“Transitioning to a by-district election system will cost approximately $60,000, which is significantly less than the millions of dollars a potential lawsuit would cost,” said Town Attorney Thomas Rice.

Three Maps have been drawn and are currently available for review by clicking on the links below:

Green
Purple
Tan

Based on the comments received at the public hearings and workshops, the following new/revised maps have been drawn.  The new maps include revised versions of the Green, Purple and Tan maps which also include the annexed areas and demographic information. Also included is a new 5-district map "Olive" that modifies the Green map.

Revised Green
Revised Purple
Revised Tan
Olive

In addition to the 5-district maps, a new 4-district map is also presented that will allow for an at-large Mayor.  This map identified as "Grape" also uses the major roadways as other maps and includes commercial development in all districts.

Grape

The next public hearing is scheduled for June 11 to receive input regarding the maps and the proposed sequence of elections. According to the tentative plan, the Town Council will then consider the introduction of an ordinance at a fifth public hearing on July 9 and, if such an ordinance is introduced, will consider adoption of an ordinance at its July 23 regular meeting.  

 

Meeting Schedule:

Date

Event

Location

   

June 11, 6:30 p.m.

Public Hearing #4

Council Chambers
14955 Dale Evans Parkway
Apple Valley,  CA 92307

July 9, 6:30 p.m.

Public Hearing #5 and Introduction of Ordinance

Council Chambers
14955 Dale Evans Parkway
Apple Valley,  CA 92307

July 23, 6:30 p.m.

Adoption of Ordinance

Council Chambers
14955 Dale Evans Parkway
Apple Valley,  CA 92307

 

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