On October 22, 2018, the Town of Windsor received a letter from the law firm of Shenkman & Hughes alleging a violation of the California Voting Rights Act ("CVRA"). The letter claims that the Town's current at-large election system dilutes the ability of Latino voters to elect candidates of their choice or otherwise influence the outcome of Town Council elections. The letter also threatens litigation if the Town declines to voluntarily change to a district-based election system.
The Town currently has an at-large elections system whereby the voters throughout the entire Town choose each of the five Councilmembers. On November 28, 2018, the Town Council will hold a special meeting/study session in the Council Chambers to discuss and hear public comment on a proposed challenge to the Town's at-large election system. No action will be taken at this meeting.