By-Trustee Area Elections
California Voting Rights Act (CVRA): Coast Unified School District is in the process of transitioning from at-large trustee area elections to by-trustee area elections.
CVRA Board Meeting Dates
- August 12, 2021
- September 9, 2021
- January 13, 2022
- February 10, 2022
Public Comment: To submit public comments or if you have questions for upcoming board meetings, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
On August 12, 2021 National Demographics demographer presented the Coast Unified School District Introduction to Districting, click HERE to view the slide presentation.
The CUSD Board of Trustees is currently elected under an “at-large” election system, where trustees are elected by voters of the entire District in even-numbered years and serve staggered, four-year terms. Recently, however, public entities have had their at-large election systems challenged under the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) which resulted in expensive and divisive litigation.
On February 10, 2021 the Board adopted Resolution #10 2020-21 to initiate a transition to a By-Trustee Area Election System commencing with the 2022 Election. The Board intended to wait until the release of the 2020 Census data, scheduled for March 2021, and then immediately begin the transition process. However, due to COVID-19-related delays, the 2020 Census data is not expected to be available until September 30, 2021 or later which would create an incredibly tight timeline to complete the process in time for the 2022 elections.
On August 12, 2021 Board meeting, the first of four public hearing was held to receive feedback and set criteria for the demographers to design the trustee area maps. The Board identified criteria for which the demographer will incorporate into drafts of trustee areas maps for Board and public consideration. Public Hearing # 2 will be held to continue to receive feedback from the trustees and the public. During Public Hearing #3 and #4 the District’s demographer, National Demographics Corporation, will present drafts of trustee area maps for the Board consideration and final approval.