Subject to legal challenges under the California Voting Rights Act, “at-large” elections in Vallejo have been challenged as discriminatory. In an attempt to examine whether transitioning to “by-district” or district-based elections is a better approach, Vallejo City Council has launched a series of community meetings and public hearings, where local residents are encouraged to learn about the district election process and have an opportunity to voice their concerns and submit comments.
In addition to collecting public comments, city staff has also provided local residents with a tool kit, giving residents the opportunity to “draw Vallejo” to determine how the six districts in Vallejo should be identified. While residents are encouraged to submit ideas for the districts based on community needs and priorities, all districts must contain an equal population of voters. To learn more about rules and restrictions about district drawings, view the Draw Vallejo video at www.cityofvallejo.net/drawvallejo.
Drawings will be considered by the City Council on January 22 and February 26, and it is anticipated that the introduction of the ordinance will take place on March 26. If passed, the new district-based election system will allow each district to vote for city councilmembers, however, city-wide elections will be held for the mayor.
To learn more about district-based elections and to view additional information and resources about drawing your own district map, click here. To submit map drawings or comments, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The city hosted the first District Mapping Community Meeting on January 5 at the Norman C. King Center. Another hearing will be held on January 22 at 7:00 p.m. at the City Council Chambers. Spanish-language interpretation services will be available. Should you require additional interpretation services for other languages, please contact email@example.com.