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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).
On April 16, 2020, the City Council adopted a map defining the boundaries of the new district. 

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This map adoption followed extensive outreach to receive public input. The City agreed to general parameters to achieve CVRA compliance through the settlement, but the community was able to provide input to help the City Council define the districts’ final boundaries. This outreach included two community open houses and a total of five public hearings (some held virtually due to the coronavirus) with opportunity for public comment. The Council unanimously adopted the final map on April 16, 2020.

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Please see the timeline and events page for a summary of the timeline.

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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