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 CVRA process. The approved by-division election map can be viewed here.
Background of CVRA:On February 26, 2018, the Cucamonga Valley Water District (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 toBy-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.
What is the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA)?
What it is: The CVRA seeks to ensure that every community has an opportunity to elect the candidate(s) of their choice in local elections.
Does this only impact CVWD? No, public agencies throughout California have faced challenges to their at-large elections, including the local cities of Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana, and Upland.
How will the change to By-Division elections affect me? Voters will only vote for one CVWD board candidate who resides in the electoral division in which you live. The current board members will continue in office until the expiration of their terms and until their successors are elected and qualified.
General Facts about By-Division Elections:
- Each geographic area of the CVWD service area will be represented by one board member.
- By-Division elections do not change the District’s overall boundaries.
- The District will be divided into five geographically defined divisions that are approximately equal in population.
- A professional demographer will be contracted to assist in dividing the District accordingly.