District Based Elections

hysm150x50At its meeting on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, the City Council adopted a Resolution of Intention as amended to convert from the current at-large method of electing City Councilmembers to a by-district system. The resolution does not change the structure of the City Council; instead it starts the process to implement a district based election system where the City is divided into separate geographical areas of equal population, composed of voters residing within the district which elect a representative who also resides within the district. The resolution adoption triggers the public hearing timeline - see timeline at right (may be subject to change).

The City Council welcomes and encourages feedback from the community on the composition of the yet-to-be-formed voting districts. There are several mandatory criteria that the City must comply with when the districts are created:
a) Population equality across districts (districts shall be nearly as equal in population).
b) Race cannot be the “predominant” factor or criteria when drawing districts.
c) Compliance with the Federal Voting Rights Act (FVRA), which, among other things, prohibits districts that dilute minority voting rights, and encourages a majority-minority district, if the minority group is sufficiently large, and such a district can be drawn without race being the predominant factor.

Related documents, dates, and details are posted on the City's public engagement portal, Have Your Say Monterey, at haveyoursaymonterey.org/districting. Please also subscribe for updates - add your email to the subscribe section on the web page.