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What is changing about Council member elections in the City of Santa Clara?
A court order has mandated that the City of Santa Clara be divided into six City Council Districts and that only residents of each district vote for one Council member to represent them. The court decision was in response to a lawsuit that claimed the City’s previous election system violated the CA Voting Rights Act. Detailed information about the lawsuit and the court decisions are available on this page or
How is the new Council election system different?
Previously, candidates for City Council ran for a specific Council seat, but all voters in the City of Santa Clara voted for all Council seats. In the new system, voters only vote for the Council member representing their district. The previously numbered City Council seats do not represent a district within the City; there is no relationship between the previous Council seat numbers and the new Council District numbers.
When do the Council Districts go into effect?
The new Council District election system goes into effect with the Nov. 6, 2018 election. Residents of two Council Districts – District 2 and District 3 – will vote for a Council member to represent them for the next four years. Current Council members who reside in the other four districts – Districts 1, 4, 5 and 6 – will remain in their positions until their current terms of office conclude in 2020 and then voters in these Council Districts will vote for their Council representatives in the November, 2020 election.
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