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Claremont Transitions to District Elections in November 2020

On February 26, 2019 the City Council adopted a district election ordinance that transitions the City from at-large elections to by-district elections starting in November of 2020. Councilmembers will be elected by the voters in the district in which they live every four years.

The decision to transition was prompted by a threat of litigation under the California Voter Rights Act (CVRA). Cities all over California are moving to districts to avoid costly lawsuits, regardless of population size and demographics. The threshold to prove racially polarized voting is extremely low and no city has won a CVRA lawsuit.

The City held five public hearings and four weekend workshops to obtain community input on how to draw the boundary maps. Thirty-one maps were submitted by the community. The maps and community feedback were divided, with some residents favoring vertical districts to retain an at-large feel and others preferring regional maps that kept neighborhoods together. The Council took comments on the maps and narrowed it down to a handful of maps for community review. After listening to residents' comments, the Council chose Map 124a that blends a southern district with four vertical districts north of Arrow Highway. Keeping the southern section as one District and dividing Pilgrim Place were decisions based on requests by community members in those areas. The Colleges were also split among districts because they have very few Claremont voters despite a high population.

In November 2020, voters in Districts 1 and 5 will select a Councilmember for their respective District. Following the 2020 Census, the City Council and community will undertake a re-districting process to utilize the most current census data to make adjustments to district boundaries based upon population changes and an updated map will be approved by the City Council. Thereafter, in November 2022, Districts 2, 3, and 4 will hold individual elections to select one Councilmember from each respective district.

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Districting FAQ

For information on the transition to district elections, please contact the City Manager’s Office at (909) 399-5441. For more information on Claremont Municipal Elections, click here.

Public Meeting Schedule

Tuesday

January 8, 2019 @6:30pm

Council Chamber

Public Hearing No. 1

Overview of the process and city demographics. Gather input from public to be used in establishing options for district boundaries. Discuss process of election sequencing. Adopt resolution setting forth mandatory and permissive districting criteria.

Sunday

January 13, 2019

@1pm

Blaisdell Center

Public Workshop

Presentation of demographics and overview of process to draw district maps. Question and answers.

Sunday

January 13, 2019

@4pm

Hughes Center

Public Workshop

Presentation of demographics and overview of process to draw district maps. Question and answers.

Thursday,

January 17, 2019 @6:30pm

Council Chamber

Public Hearing No. 2

Second hearing to gather input from public to be used in establishing options for district boundaries.

 

Monday

February 4, 2019 @6:30pm

Council Chamber

Public Hearing No.3

Public Hearing to discuss and take public comment on draft maps and proposed election sequence.

Saturday

February 9 , 2019

@11am

Youth Activities Cntr.

 

Public Workshop

Public input on draft maps and proposed sequence of elections.

Saturday

February 9, 2019

@2pm

Claremont Place Senior Living

Public Workshop

Public input on draft maps and proposed sequence of elections.

Tuesday

February 12, 2019

@ 6:30pm

Council Chamber

Public Hearing No. 4

Public hearing to discuss and take public comment on draft maps and proposed sequence of elections.

 

Public Hearing No. 5

Introduce ordinance for first reading establishing by-district elections, district boundaries, and transition plan/sequence of elections.