California Voting Rights Act
Background: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 to
By-Division elections. Based on the timeline identified in Elections Code section 10010, CVWD has a short timeframe to set forth the process to transition to By-Division elections, including holding four public hearings.
|Date and Time||Meeting Information|
|May 1, 2018, 6:00 pm||First Public Hearing: Public provides input on composition of divisions, boundary lines, communities of interest, etc.|
|May 15, 2018, 6:00 pm||Second Public Hearing: Public provides input on composition of divisions, boundary lines, communities of interest, etc.|
|June 5, 2018||Consultant prepares proposed by-division maps based on customer input.|
|June 12, 2018, 6:00 pm||Third Public Hearing: Board consideration of draft maps and proposed order and sequencing of division elections; discussion if revisions are needed.|
|June 26, 2018, 6:00 pm||Fourth Public Hearing: Board consideration of same draft maps or different draft maps if changes were made.|
July 10, 2018, 6:00 pm Board Meeting
|CVWD Board adopts map with division boundaries and makes determination of order and sequencing of divisions.|
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, numerous public agencies throughout California have faced challenges to their at-large elections.
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.
How to get involved: CVWD will hold a series of Public Hearings for customers to provide input about criteria for consideration of drawing draft maps and boundaries for CVWD’s By-Division elections.
All CVWD customers are encouraged to participate in these hearings to provide feedback on how the division maps should be drawn and the order and sequencing of division elections.
Please keep in mind the following:
- Divide the map into 5 separate divisions
- Use the population numbers noted on map to create districts that are each approximately 35,000-40,000 in size
- Consider what you believe to be the important communities of interest when drawing these maps