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Transition from At-Large Elections to District-Based Elections

Posted on December 15, 2017

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On Monday, December 18, the City Council will make a decision on whether or not to transition to District-Based Elections. The main three options for the City Council to consider include immediately transitioning to district-based elections, transitioning for the 2022 general election after using the results from the 2020 census to draw districts, or to maintain at-large districts. The latter two options expose the City to a potential lawsuit alleging a violation of the California Voting Rights Act due to “racially-polarized” voting in San Rafael. The below report attempts to clarify this complicated issue and the reasons for the fast timeline.



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