Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Santa Clara CA to Vote on RCV in June Special Election

California's Santa Clara City Elections are to Vote on using RCV, Divide the Town in Two, Gerrymandering, and Doubling the Threshold on a Special Election June 5th, 2018.

On March 6th, 2018 the Santa Clara City Council voted unanimously to place the Santa Clara District Election and Voting Method Measure, known as Measure A, on the June 5th, 2018 ballot.

The Santa Clara City Council placed Measure A on the Ballot following its Review of the Charter Review Committee’s unanimous Recommendations on how to Update the manner in which Local Elections are Conducted, and Approval of the City Attorney’s Proposed Ballot Language.

If approved by Voters, Measure A would Update the way Santa Clara Voters Elect Local Officeholders as follows:

- Establishes Two Voting Districts, with Registered Voters Electing Three Council Members per District. Candidates seeking Election to the Santa Clara City Council are required to Reside within the District they are Running in and only Voters Residing in the District can Vote on Candidates from the District.

- The Mayor, City Clerk, and Police Chief would remain Elected Citywide.

- A District Boundary Map will be recommended in the coming weeks following Public Hearings held by the Ad-hoc Advisory Districting Committee. There are a total of 8 maps that have been prepared by the City's Professional Demographer. The first Three Options were prepared at the Direction of the Ad-Hoc Committee and, following Public Input and Feedback, an additional Five Maps have been developed.

- Establishes a Voting Process known as Ranked-Choice Voting (RCV) for All City Candidates for Office. The Single Transferable Method of RCV would be Implemented by Ordinance. The Election by the Most Votes Cast would continue to be used to determine the Winner until the Registrar of Voters can Implement RCV.

CLICK HERE for more information about Measure A.

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