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- What is the City’s current City Council election process?
The City of Corona currently elects its City Council members through an “at-large” election process, which means that each City Council member is elected by the voters of the entire City and each can reside anywhere in the City.
- What are by-district elections?
With a by-district election process, voters within a designated Council electoral district elect one City Council member who must also reside in that district.
- Why is the City considering changing the election process?
Within Corona, the possible change from an at-large City Council election process to a by-district election process has been discussed at times as the City has grown over the years. For the past year, City staff and Council have worked with National Demographics Corporation (the demographer hired to assist the City with this process) to gather community input regarding by-district elections and proposed maps to delineate the boundaries of each Council electoral district. That process culminated in the City Council considering community input and placing Measure N on the ballot to ask voters if Ordinance No. 3236 should be approved to change the way in which Corona elects its City Council Members.
- What are the Federal and California Voting Rights Acts?
The Federal Voting Rights Act (FVRA), which was adopted in 1965, is intended to protect the rights of all citizens to participate in the voting process. This legislation has provisions designed to ensure that underrepresented groups have equal opportunities for voting and representation. The California Voting Rights Act (CVRA), which became law in 2002, expands the FVRA. This legislation has additional provisions designed to make it easier for minority groups in California to prove that their votes are being diluted in an at-large election process. Neither the FVRA nor the CVRA prohibit the use of an “at-large” election process, but they can make the use of an “at-large” election process more susceptible to a legal challenge.
- What criteria are used in creating Council electoral districts?
In accordance with applicable law, Council electoral districts must: (1) be nearly equal in population; (2) be drawn in a manner that complies with the FVRA; (3) consist of contiguous territory in as compact a form as possible; (4) respect communities of interest as much as possible; and (5) have borders that follow visible natural and man-made geographical and topographical features as much as possible. A community of interest is a distinctive area within the City that has a definable group of people, unique geography or some other distinguishable feature or characteristic that would be undesirable to divide when creating Council electoral districts.
- What has been the process in creating Corona’s 5 proposed Council electoral districts?
The City conducted several public workshops and Council hearings to gather community input regarding by-district elections and proposed maps to delineate the boundaries of each Council electoral district. Initially, National Demographics Corporation (the demographer hired to assist the City with this process) prepared four sample maps (A, B, B2 and C) for public input at the first community forum held on April 18, 2016. Four additional community forums were held on April 28th, May 14th (one in the morning and one in the afternoon) and May 16th, from which three additional sample maps (A2, A3, and A4) were created based on community feedback. During the months of June and July, the City Council also held three public hearings to gather additional community input.
Ultimately, the City Council considered the community input and selected Map A2 as the preferred map to be included with Measure N.
- Where can I find more information about the process?
The City created a website (www.CoronaDistricts.com) specifically for this process. There is an assortment of materials and other information gathered during the process that you can view in the “Meeting Information & Documents” section of the website.
- When would the new districts take effect?
Even if Measure N is approved by voters in November 2016, the current City Council Members and those elected in November 2016 would continue in office until the expiration of their terms and until their successors are elected and qualified. If Measure N is approved, the first by-district elections for Districts 1, 4 and 5 would be held at the November 2018 General Election. The first by-district elections for Districts 2 and 3 would be held at the November 2020 General Election.
- How would the change to by-district elections affect me?
If Measure N is approved, beginning in 2018 you would only be able to vote for one City Council candidate – the one who resides in the electoral district in which you live.
- How can I determine my proposed Council electoral district?
- Why is my participation important?
Measure N will determine how the Corona City Council will be elected in the future.
- How do I participate?
If you are a resident of Corona and would like to vote on Measure N on November 8, 2016, you need to make sure that you are a registered voter in Corona. There are various ways in which you can register, including, but not limited to, stopping by the City Clerk’s Office at Corona City Hall (400 S. Vicentia Ave.) during business hours, picking up a voter registration form at any post office or Department of Motor Vehicles, or on-line via the California Secretary of State’s website (www.sos.ca.gov).
- Where can I learn more about the by-district election process and get additional information?
The City created this website (www.CoronaDistricts.com) specifically for this process. There is an assortment of materials and other information gathered during the process that you can view at this website.