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.
The Ramona Unified School District (RUSD) has 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 a public hearing to gather input from the public on the proposed changes in the election system and on the map that the RUSD school board has approved to establish the boundaries of the trustee areas.
To learn about these changes and to express your opinion, please join us at a public hearing being held at 6 p.m. on Jan. 22, 2019 at the Ramona Unified School District Office.
Information regarding the hearing is available by contacting Carmen Aguilar at 858-292-3515 or firstname.lastname@example.org.