District Elections

Districts 285X260

The City of Ventura received a threat of a lawsuit relating to our current At-Large Election Process, stating that this method of election is not consistent with the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA). City Council will be presented with their options on October 9, with the recommendation to adopt a resolution of intent to proceed with adopting District Elections pursuant to California Elections Code Section 10010(e)(2). 

This page was created to assist the residents in keeping abreast of what is happening, how to participate and understand this process.​

​​Letter from Attorney Robert Rubin​

Flyer - Public Hearings and Community Meeting Dates

District Based City Council Elections - Spanish from City of Ventura on Vimeo.

The most important voice in this process is yours!

Download the meeting schedule to read about the topics of discussion for each Public Hearing.
Administrative Reports City Council Meeting Date
Consideration of Transitioning to City Council Districts in Light of Allegation that
​Current At-Large Method of Election Violates the California Voting Rights Act
October 9, 2017
Consideration of Resolution Declaring City Council's Intent to Transition to City Council Districts October 16, 2017
Public Hearing #1 Regarding the Composition of the City's Voting Districts Pursuant to Elections Code Section 10010(a)(1) October 23, 2017
PowerPoint from National Demographics Corporation - Public Hearing #1 October 23, 2017

District Discussion Timeline

Under the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) – Safe Harbor provision – the City of Ventura must enact a city ordinance establishing boundaries for district elections and a transition plan within 90 days of voting on a resolution of intent to make the switch. The following tentative timeline has been established to meet this deadline. To be notified of City Council Agendas, please sign up using the "Notify Me" feature on the website.

Date Topic/Purpose Location
October 16, 2017 Adopt Resolution of Intent to switch to District Based Elections City Council Chambers
October 23, 2017 Public Hearing #1 - Composition of districts maps City Council Chambers
October 26, 2017 Public Community Meeting - Composition of districts maps Poinsettia Pavilion - 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura
November 6, 2017 Public Hearing #2 - Composition of districts maps City Council Chambers
December 4, 2017 Public Hearing #3 - Discuss maps and sequence of elections City Council Chambers
December 11, 2017 Public Hearing #4 - Adoption of Map; Ordinance Introduced City Council Chambers
January 8, 2018 Adoption of Ordinance City Council Chambers