The City of Tustin, like hundreds of cities, special districts and school districts across the state, is considering making a change in how voters elect its City Council. Beginning in 2022, voters may vote for one City Council Member who lives in their district. This potentially will replace the current system of at-large citywide elections in which voters have the ability to vote for all City Council Members.
The potential switch to district-based elections is a process that many cities in California are undergoing to meet the standards of the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) of 2001. The CVRA gave more robust legal backing to minority groups in California who have expressed that “at-large” elections have diluted their voting rights.
On June 23, 2020, the City of Tustin received a letter from the Mexican American Legal Defence and Education Fund (MALDEF). The letter asserted that Tustin’s “at-large” election system violates the CVRA. The City of Tustin has started exploring the shift to district-based elections in light of the letter.
We need your help to potentially make this change and draw new City Council districts!
If we transition to drawing City Council districts, one of our primary goals is to draw lines that respect neighborhoods, history, and geographical elements. So we want to know: What do you consider the boundaries of your neighborhood?
How to participate
Share your specific thoughts, attend an upcoming workshop, or eventually provide feedback on draft maps to get involved!
At the educational workshops, you can learn about the process of potentially forming City Council districts.
At the hearings, you can:
- Share your story
- Define your neighborhood or community of interest
- Explain why districting is relevant to your community
- Share your opinions of the draft maps
- Talk to your neighbors and local organizations