California Voting Rights Act
By-Division Elections Map Approved
On July 10, 2018, CVWD adopted Ordinance No. 2018-7-1, establishing the election of members of the Board of Directors by five divisions, establishing the boundaries and identification number of each division, and establishing the election order of each division. Adoption of the Ordinance was the final step in the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) process. The approved by-division election map is below. To find which voting district you reside in, click the interactive map.
Background of CVRA
On February 26, 2018, CVWD received a letter from a law firm alleging that CVWD’s at-large electoral system violates the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA). The law firm asserted that CVWD’s at-large election system dilutes the ability of minority residents- particularly Latino’s (a protected class)- to elect candidates of their choice or otherwise influence the outcome of the CVWD elections. The law firm threatened litigation if the District declines to voluntarily convert to division-based elections for CVWD Board Members.
At a special meeting on April 12, 2018, the CVWD Board of Directors approved a Resolution of Intent to Convert to By-Division elections. Based on the timeline identified in Elections Code section 10010, CVWD had a short timeframe to set forth the process to transition to By-Division elections, including holding four public hearings.The Public Hearings were held on May 1, May 15, June 12, and June 26, 2018, at CVWD. The presentation made by the consultant on May 1, 2018, about the California Voting Rights Act can be viewed here.