Resolution Opposing At-Large Voting Systems in Local Elections


WHEREAS, The California Voting Rights Act of 2002 has served to expand the scope of the statutory safeguards provided by the Federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, thereby providing protections to California's minority voters from disenfranchisement and has helped to ensure that the votes of minority voters in local election jurisdictions are not diluted by at-large voting systems, and

WHEREAS, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mark V. Mooney has halted the City Council elections in the City of Palmdale, a minority-majority city where Latinos and African Americans account for 69% of the population, the judge having cited the Palmdale's at-large election system for violating the California Voting Rights Act by diluting the impact of their votes and creating disparate electoral representation in the city government, the demonstrable result being that only one minority candidate has been elected to the Palmdale City Council since the 1960's, and

WHEREAS, several minority-majority local election jurisdictions across California that similarly use at-large voting system are under scrutiny under the California Voting Rights Act, there are pending challenges to these jurisdictions to replace at-large voting systems with district-based voting systems, in order to insure that minority voters are fairly represented and that these voters are afforded to opportunity to elect representatives of their choice to their local governments,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party supports efforts to protect minority voting rights and uphold the principles of equal representation throughout California, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party supports all efforts, where appropriate and required by law, to uphold the principles of the California Voting Rights Act and to replace at-large voting systems in local election jurisdictions with district-based voting systems, thus affording all voters the opportunity to elect representatives of their choice.

Authored by Eric C. Bauman, LACDP Chair, AD 46 Clark P Lee, AD 55
Sponsored by: John Kopp, Riverside County DCC, LACP


Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its November 2013 Executive Board Meeting
Westin Hotel, Millbrae
November 24, 2013






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