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Local School Districts Move to By-Trustee-Area Elections

At-large elections are those in which all of the voters of the entire jurisdiction elect all of the members to the governing board. Under a by-trustee-area election system the district is divided into geographic areas — trustee areas — and a board member residing in each trustee area is elected by the registered voters who live in that particular trustee area.

The California Voting Rights Act of 2001 states that “An at-large method of election may not be imposed or applied in a manner that impairs the ability of a protected class to elect candidates of its choice or its ability to influence the outcome of an election.” A protected class is defined as a class of voters who are “members of a race, color, or language minority group.” 

Adopting a by-trustee-area election system ensures that a district is compliant with the California Voting Rights Act.

Three San Diego County school districts have submitted proposals to the San Diego County Board of Education to change the way board members are elected. The County Board of Education, acting as the County Committee on School District Organization, will hold public hearings to gather input from the public on the proposed changes in the election system and on the maps each school board has approved to establish the boundaries of the trustee areas.

The County board of Education held a special workshop on Aug. 9 on implementing trustee area elections. View a presentation from the meeting for background on this process.

To learn about these changes and to express your opinion, please select the name of the school district below.