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The City of Palm Desert is making innovative changes to how residents choose their City Council. 

Beginning with the November 2020 City Council election, the City will have four council seats that are elected at-large and one council seat that is elected from a new downtown district. This new form of local representation is the result of a legal settlement that brings the City into compliance with the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA).


While the City has agreed to some general parameters to achieve CVRA compliance through the settlement, the community can still help the City Council define the districts’ final boundaries. The City is embarking on a public outreach effort to both explain how the City Council will be elected in November 2020 and define the districts for that election. Following this outreach and feedback phase, the City anticipates adopting the district maps through a Council vote in April 2020.

Due to the novel coronavirus, Palm Desert City Council meetings will be held virtually this spring. To submit comments about the maps for the City Council hearing at 4 p.m. on April 16, please email or leave a voicemail at 760.776.6317 at least one hour prior to the start of the meeting.




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Please see the timeline and events page for upcoming events.

Meeting Icon Please see the Resources page for a summary of our two Open Houses, links to City Council Public Hearing records, and more information on Ranked Choice Voting and the CVRA.
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Please see the FAQs page for the answers to common questions for cities shifting to district elections.

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If you have questions, please contact City Hall at 760-776-6411 or email


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