Adopt Single Member District Election in At Large Electoral Districts that Under Represents Latinos

Resolution Number 11-07.03

Whereas, California Law since 2001 requires at large electoral districts (including those that have wards or areas that candidates must reside in but which are elected at large) to conduct a post-census study to determine whether Latinos, African-Americans and Asian-Americans are underrepresented in the districts and whether adoption of single member district (where only voters residing in the single member district can vote for that seat) would enhance the electoral chances of the underrepresented groups, and

Whereas, a significant number of California cities, school districts, community college districts and other districts have few, if any, Latinos, African-American or Asian-American board or council members and in fact, 175 California school districts whose student population is more than 25% Latino have no Latino board members, and the Cesar Chavez Institute has documented a correlation being this lack of representation and poor student performance, and

Whereas, a number of at large electoral districts have not yet undertaken the legally mandated post-census voting rights analysis to determine whether they need to convert to single member districts,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party strongly urges local districts with at large voting systems to immediately undertake the legally required post-census voting rights analysis and where the results of the study indicate that underrepresented groups electoral success would be enhanced by adoption of single member districts that the districts adopt the single member district system, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the California Democratic party forward this resolution to Democratic members of the State Legislature and state congressional delegation and that country committees are requested to communicate this resolution to local governmental districts in the County Committee's jurisdiction. 

Submitted by: Carlos Alcala, Chicano Latino Caucus, CDP

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Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its July 2011 Executive Board Meeting
Sheraton Park Hotel, Anaheim
July 31, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

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