March 2020 Ballot Measure C - District Elections
Santa Clara will have a Special Election on March 3, 2020, which is also the election for the California Presidential Primary. Measure C will appear on the ballot asking Santa Clara voters to decide whether to amend the City Charter to elect councilmembers by district. The City Council placed Measure C on the ballot following the recommendation of a Charter Review Committee composed of seven Santa Clara residents from across the city.
Measure C reads as follows:
DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTIONS: Shall the City Charter be amended to elect city council members by district, excepting the mayor, as follows: for the 2020 election to establish six districts for the election of one council member to represent each district; and, beginning in 2022 to establish three districts for the election of two council members to represent each district; and to require an independent redistricting committee?
If Measure C is approved by the voters, Santa Clarans would:
- Elect City councilmembers by district (except the mayor who will be elected citywide);
- For the 2020 election, establish six districts in which each councilmember represents each district;
- Only Council Districts 1, 4, 5 and 6 will be on the November 2020 ballot.
- Beginning with the 2022 election, establish three districts in which two councilmembers represent each district;
- Require Council candidates to be residents of the district they represent for a minimum of 30 days prior to the filing deadline to run for office;
- Require the mayor, chief of police and city clerk to be a Santa Clara resident for a minimum of 30 days prior to the filing deadline to run for office; and
- Require an independent redistricting committee that would set the boundary lines of the three Council districts.
The City held its first district-based election in November 2018 as required by a ruling of the Santa Clara Superior Court following a lawsuit under the California Voting Rights Act. The court ruling did not amend the City Charter which still states that councilmembers are elected “at-large, by seat”. The City Charter can only be amended by the voters.
In November 2018, Measure N asked voters if they wanted to engage in a public process to draft City Charter amendment language. Voters passed Measure N with 70.4% approval. Measure C is the result of the public process conducted by the Charter Review Committee.
Resolution 19-8783 (Resolution Submitting the Ballot Measure to March 3, 2020 Special Election)
Educational Information on Measure C
There will be various levels of voter information and outreach on Measure C for the March 2020 election.
Outreach will include:
- The City's website at www.santaclaraca.gov/MeasureC
- Social media
- Posting of flyers/maps at City facilities (i.e., City Hall, libraries, community rooms, etc.)
- Article in the winter/spring edition of Inside Santa Clara
- Utility bill inserts
For more information, please contact the City Clerk's Office at 408-615-2220 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.