ONLINE PUBLIC MEETING ON NEW COUNCIL DISTRICT VOTING
On Thursday, June 18th, Registrar of Voters Claudio Valenzuela and the County of Monterey Elections Department team provided a presentation on the how the new district-based elections impact the residents of Marina. The video of this presentation is now available On Demand. The Video and Presentation Materials are available on the District Elections web page.
Discussed in the presentation is:
- Your new City Council Districts
- Changes to the way you elect City Council Members
- Polling Places and voting by mail
If you have questions on how and where to vote, contact the County of Monterey Elections Department at 831-796-1499 or toll free (866) 887-9274.
Register to Vote: https://www.registertovote.ca.gov/
Check your Status: https://voterstatus.sos.ca.gov/
On December 17, 2019, the City Council voted to approve an Ordinance Establishing a By-District Election Process in Four Council Districts. This Ordinance adopts Map 109c as the map that implements these four Council Districts.
To assist with determining which City Council District a property is located in, the City has created a listing of addresses for each of the four districts. Click on this address listing and then click on the numbered tabs to view the addresses of each of the four districts. The online interactive map and Map 109c can be used also to view the district boundaries. Please note: "the information provided here concerning City of Marina election district boundaries and addresses within election districts is provided as a convenience to city residents. This information is not based upon records on file with the Monterey County Elections Department. Use of this information is at the user’s sole risk and the data provided is not warranted by the city to necessarily correspond with the Elections Department’s official data.”
It is expected that the City will receive new 2020 Census data in April of 2021. Following the receipt of this information, the City will be assessing the established districts and revising accordingly. This redistricting process will be completed by November 2021, with the revised districts being implemented in the November 2022 election.
On September 4, 2019, the City Council adopted a resolution declaring its intent to initiate proceedings to transition the City from at-large to district-based Council Member elections pursuant to Elections Code Section 10010 and Government Code Section 34886 (RES-2017-13).
The City of Marina currently has an at-large election system, which means that the electors for the entire City choose each of the four Council Members, and a directly elected Mayor. A district-based election is one in which the city is geographically divided into separate districts, each with one Council Member who resides in the district and is chosen by the electors residing in that particular district. The office of the Mayor would still be elected at large.
The City Council is required to hold at least five public hearings in connection with the establishment of electoral districts, before the Council moves to consider an ordinance to transition the City to district-based elections. These public hearings have been scheduled as follows:
September 17 – Educational Presentation 1 to discuss data and receive Council and public input October 1 – Educational Presentation 2 to discuss data and receive Council and public input November 5 – Draft Map Presentation 1 for Council and public input November 19 – Draft Map Presentation 2 for Council and public input December 3 – Council to consider a Ordinance adopting the final district maps
The first step in the transition processing is to hold two public hearings to invite public input regarding the composition of the City’s voting districts before any draft maps are drawn. After these two public hearings are complete, the City Council must hold at least two additional public hearings during a 45-day period on the map(s) of the districts themselves. The maps must be publicly available for at least seven days before the public hearing, and if a change is made to the map after the first public hearing, the revised map must be available at least seven days before the districts are adopted by ordinance.
City Council Agenda Items
- September 4, 2019 - City Council Adoption of Resolution Declaring Intent to Transition from At-Large to District-Based Council Elections
- September 4, 2019 - City Council Approves a Contract with National Demographics Corporation, Inc. to provide professional demographer services to assist the City in establishing four new City electoral districts
- National Demographics Corporation Proposal
- Presentation on Districting Consultant Services
- September 17, 2019 - Public Hearing No. 1
- Public Hearing No. 1 Presentation
- October 1, 2019 - Public Hearing No. 2
- Public Hearing No. 2 Presentation
- November 5, 2019 Public Hearing No. 3
- Public Hearing No.3 Presentation
- November 19, 2019 Public Hearing No. 4
- Public Hearing No. 4 Presentation
- December 3, 2019 Public Hearing No. 5
- Public Hearing No. 5 Presentation
- Ordinance Establishing a By-District Election Process in Four Council Districts
From October 2, 2019 to November 7, 2019, the public was invited to submit map ideas using the tools under the "Draw a Map" section below. All maps have been professionally reproduced by the City’s contracted demographer National Demographics Corporation (NDC).
Prior to the first public hearing on the draft maps on November 5th, a total of eight maps were submitted by members of the public during that period. Additionally, NDC prepared two maps for a total of ten draft maps that were considered on November 5th. Below are the draft maps with associated demographics breakdown. Maps 101-108 were submitted by the public and 109-110 were prepared by NDC. In addition to these PDF maps, the draft maps may be viewed on this interactive map.
Following the November 5th public hearing on the draft maps, the City Council directed the staff and demographer to amend maps 104, 109, and 110 slightly prior to the 2nd public hearing on November 19th. These draft maps are included below as 104b, 109b, and 110b. In addition, 3 new draft maps were submitted prior to the November 7th deadline (included below as draft maps 111, 112, 113) and 2 new draft maps were prepared by NDC (draft maps 112b and 113b) as variations to two of the three new submitted maps.
During the November 19, 2019 public hearing, the City Council directed staff to make a minor modification to Draft Map 109b. The new draft Map 109c included below is the final draft map for City Council consideration at the December 3, 2019 public hearing.