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Council Elections in the Future Are Changing, Share Your Input

What’s New

Redwood City Council elections in the future are changing and the City is seeking community input. On September 24, the City Council voted to adopt a resolution expressing the City Council’s intention to initiate procedures for establishing and implementing by-district elections for City Council members. 

The City Council will hold a public hearing at their next meeting on October 22 for the public to provide input. This meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers. If you cannot attend the meeting, a live stream will be available online here.

Qué Cambió

Las elecciones del Concejo de la Ciudad de Redwood City en el futuro están cambiando y la Ciudad está buscando la opinión de la comunidad. El 24 de septiembre, el Concejo Municipal votó a favor de adoptar una resolución que exprese la intención del Concejo Municipal de iniciar procedimientos para establecer e implementar elecciones por distrito para los miembros del Concejo Municipal.

El Concejo Municipal celebrará una audiencia pública en su próxima reunión el 22 de octubre para que el público proporcione sus opiniones. Esta reunión comenzará a las 7 p.m., en las cámaras del Ayuntamiento. Si no puede asistir a la reunión, una transmisión en vivo estará disponible en línea aquí.

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Background

The City received a certified letter on August 8, 2018 from Kevin Shenkman of the law firm of Shenkman & Hughes asserting that the City's at-large council member electoral system violates the California Voting Rights Act (the “CVRA”) (Elections Code §§ 14025-14032) and threatening litigation if the City declines to voluntarily change to a district-based election system for electing City Council Members.

Under its Charter, Redwood City utilizes an at-large elections system, which means voters of the entire City elect the seven City Council Members. A district-based election is one in which the City is divided into separate districts, each with one City Council member who resides in the district and is chosen by the voters in that particular district. 

In compliance with the California Voting Rights Act, Redwood City has begun the process of transitioning from at-large elections to by-districts elections. The City is seeking community feedback about the creation of a district-based election system.

Contexto

La Ciudad recibió una carta certificada el 8 de agosto de 2018 de parte de Kevin Shenkman, del bufete de abogados Shenkman & Hughes, en la que afirma que el sistema electoral de los miembros del Concejo general de la Ciudad infringe la Ley de Derechos de Votación de California ("CVRA") (Código Electoral §§ 14025-14032) amenazando demandar si la Ciudad se niega a cambiar voluntariamente a un sistema de elecciones basado en el distrito para elegir a los Miembros del Concejo Municipal.

Según su Estatuto, Redwood City utiliza un sistema de elecciones general, lo que significa que los votantes de toda la Ciudad eligen a los siete miembros del Concejo Municipal. Una elección basada en el distrito es aquella en la que la Ciudad se divide en distritos separados, cada uno con un miembro del Concejo Municipal que reside en el distrito y es elegido por los votantes en ese distrito en particular.

De conformidad con la Ley de Derechos de Votación de California, Redwood City ha iniciado el proceso de transición de las elecciones generales a las elecciones por distritos. La Ciudad está buscando comentarios de la comunidad sobre la creación de un sistema de elecciones basado en el distrito.

General Timeline and Next Steps

Date

Event

August 8, 2018

City receives letter from Kevin Shenkman of the law firm of Shenkman & Hughes asserting that the City's at-large council member electoral system violates the California Voting Rights Act

September 24, 2018

Council votes on Resolution of Intent to Change Elections

October 22, 2018

1st hearing “at which the public is invited to provide input regarding the composition of the districts” (and demonstration of public tools for district-drawing, if any)

November 19, 2018

2nd public hearing, for the same purpose

October-January

Outreach and education efforts ongoing.

January 3, 2019

Deadline for public to submit maps they wish to have included in the January community meeting presentations.

January 15, 2019

Community forum events held at the Veterans Memorial Senior Center at 11:00 a.m., Fair Oaks Community Center at 5:00 p.m. and Downtown Library, Community Room at 7:00 p.m. 

January / February

Draft Maps posted on District website.

February 11, 2019

3rd public hearing, “at which the public is invited to provide input regarding the content of the draft map or maps and the proposed sequence of elections.” Council provides guidance on any new or revised maps it wishes to see.

Mid-February

Any revised or new maps requested at 3rd hearing posted on District website.

February 25, 2019

4th public hearing, “at which the public is invited to provide input regarding the content of the draft map or maps and the proposed sequence of elections.” Council provides guidance on any new or revised maps it wishes to see or selects a ‘preferred’ map and election sequence for incorporation in ordinance at next meeting.

March 11, 2019

5th public hearing, on the action item, to adopt the map and election sequence. Ordinance introduced.

2nd Council meeting in March

2nd reading of ordinance

March 31, 2019

Deadline to adopt ordinance

March 2020

Community votes on Charter Revisions implementing by-district elections, if necessary.

Nov. 2020

First by-district elections held in four districts.

2021

Districts redrawn using 2020 Census data.

Nov. 2022

Remaining three districts hold their first elections.

Helpful Documents 

October 22 Staff Report

September 24 Staff Report

Transition to District Election Timeline

Resolution

Letter from Attorney

California Voting Rights Act

Frequently Asked Questions (en espanol)

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Public Participation Map Kit (Spanish Here)

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