The City of Victorville has initiated the process to transition to district-based elections and is launching a robust community-engagement initiative to gather community input. Your voice will influence how voters elect future council members.
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What are the Federal and California Voting Rights Act?
The Federal Voting Rights Act (FVRA) was adopted in 1965 and is intended to protect the rights of all citizens to participate in the voting process. The CVRA was passed in the California State Legislature in 2001, based on the Legislature's belief that minorities and other members of protected classes were being denied the opportunity to have representation of their choosing at the local level because of a number of issues associated with at-large elections. Upon a finding of a violation of the CVRA, the act requires that "the court shall implement appropriate remedies, including the imposition of district-based elections that are tailored to remedy the violation." As such, the default remedy and the clearly identified remedy by the Legislature is district-based elections.
What is "racially polarized voting"?
Racially polarized voting exists when voters in different racial or ethnic groups exhibit different candidate preferences or electoral choices in an election, as compared to the rest of the electorate. Under the CVRA, methodologies for establishing racially polarized voting are defined by case law enforcing the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 (
52 U.S.C. Sec. 10301 et seq.).
What is the difference between "at-large" and "by-district" elections?
The City of Victorville currently elects its five City Council Members "at-large" meaning each registered voter in the City has the opportunity to vote for all open City Council seats in an election. Under a district-based election system, the City is separated into geographic sections (districts). Voters within each district will vote only for candidates living within the same district. Voters will not vote for candidates outside their own district.