Regarding at large local elections versus district elections
The state Supreme Court recently denied review of a ruling that requires charter cities to switch to district elections based on majority-minority representation (Ruling backs district elections for cities.” San Francisco Chronicle, August 2014). Advocates say that having district elections are a solution to incorporating more voters in areas with a history racially polarized voting. Many cities ended-up doing away with at-large elections because of the threat of costly lawsuits.
This trend has begun to spill into Orange County, with Anaheim being the latest example of a city taking up the issue where residents will decide in November if council elections should be by district (“Anaheim voter to decide if council elections should be by district.” Daily Pilot, January 2014). Continue reading