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District Elections

The City of Dana Point has adopted of a five-district, by district method of election system and sequence for City Council elections. The vote held during the May 15, 2018 City Council meeting changes the city’s current at-large election process to a by-district method of election.   The Tan VI map was adopted by the City Council, and can be viewed as an interactive map for residents to better understand which district they are in.

 Here are some important things to know about this change.

  

Background on District Elections 

On February 2, 2018, the City received a certified letter from Attorney Russell D. Myrick of the law firm RDM Legal Group, threatening to sue the City for alleged violations of the California Voting Rights Act ("CVRA") (Elec. Code 14025-14032) unless the City voluntarily converts to a by-district election system.   Specifically, the letter alleged that “voting within Dana Point is racially polarized, resulting in minority vote dilution, and therefore Dana Point's at-large elections violate the California Voting Rights Act of 2001." One remedy for the alleged racially polarized voting is to switch to district-based voting.  District based voting would divide Dana Point into districts and only the voters in a designated district decide who will represent that district on the City Council.

 

The City of Dana Point currently uses an at-large election system in which all voters in the City have the opportunity to vote for candidates for all five seats on the City Council. At the February 6, 2018 City Council Meeting, the City Council adopted Resolution No. 18-02-20-04 declaring its intent to consider a transition to district-based elections in response to RDM’s letter.