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The California Voting Rights Act 

The California Voting Right Act has prompted well over 100 cities to move to district elections in order to meet the state’s statutory requirements. The City of Palm Desert innovated to create a two-district solution that maintains a shared interest in the success of the entire community, including the City’s downtown core. For more information on the CVRA, please visit the following links:  

What is the California Voting Rights Act? (Sacramento Bee)

The California Voting Right Act: Recent Legislation and Litigation Outcomes (Presentation from the League of California Cities Conference, 2018).

Lawsuit seeks voting districts in Palm Desert. Other valley cities have made the switch. (Desert Sun)

 

Ranked Choice Voting

The City had planned to implement rank-choice voting in 2020, allowing voters to more comprehensively express their candidate preferences. However, due to financial and logistical difficulties related to COVID-19, the City has postponed implementation of the ranked choice voting system until 2022. For more information on ranked choice voting, please visit the following links:

How Ranked Choice Voting Works (FairVote)

Ranked Choice Voting in Palm Desert (PDF)

Learn About the Voting System (San Francisco Department of Elections)

Video Explanation: Ranked Choice Voting in Palm Desert

 

The Map Creation Process:

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.

Public Hearings:

Videos and documents from all five public hearings are posted along with general City Council meeting information on the city website.

 

Open House #2: February 12, 2020

City and community leaders, joined by a redistricting expert, led a public open house on February 12 at 6:00 p.m. in the Palm Desert Community Center to provide information about the district creation process and solicit public input about communities of interest. 

The Powerpoint providing background on the Palm Desert district creation process is linked here.

A Powerpoint explaining the districting process and tools is linked here.

 A video of the Open House is below.

 

Open House #1: January 15, 2020

City and community leaders led a public open house on January 15 at 6:00 p.m. in the Palm Desert Community Center to provide information about the switch to district elections and receive public input about the process.

The Powerpoint providing background on the Palm Desert districting process is linked here.

 A video of the Open House is below.