District Election Information

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 held 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 was taken at this meeting. Further meetings will be scheduled, and listed here or on our Agenda's, Minutes and Videos webpage. Meetings are also available to stream from this website. 


​Next Meeting

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 6:00 p.m. in the Civic Center Council Chambers - Special Town Council Meeting


​Preliminary Draft District Maps and Sequencing

Preliminary Draft Maps

Preliminary draft maps of potential district boundaries developed at a special meeting of the Windsor Town Council held on February 13, 2019 are now available for public review.  A total of three maps were developed: two preliminary draft district maps showing five potential districts within town limits; and one preliminary draft district map showing four potential districts (with the remaining Council seat becoming an “at large” elected mayor seat). 

Each draft district must have the same population.  In a five-district scenario, the ideal population is 5,360.  In a four-district scenario, the ideal population is 6,700.  The California Voting Rights Act allows for a deviation in the ideal population of up to +/- 5%.  The percentages shown in each of the preliminary draft maps show the deviation from the ideal population as currently drawn. 

Below are links to the three preliminary draft maps.  Please note that these maps are preliminary and subject to change.

Preliminary Draft Map A (Five Districts)

Preliminary Draft Map B (Four Districts)

Preliminary Draft Map C (Five Districts)

Sequencing

The Windsor Town Council will determine District Election Sequencing (the order in which elections for each District will occur) once a final district map has been selected.  Pursuant to the Elections Code the Town Council will give special consideration to the purpose of the California Voting Rights Act and shall take into account the preferences expressed by members of the District.

Windsor Interactive Map Tool for District Elections


The Town of Windsor has developed an Interactive Map Tool that displays information related to the transition to District Elections. The Interactive Map Tool allows for exploration of the Town’s population, organized by census block. The map tool also allows for display of Community of Interest (COI) information submitted by the public. Eventually, street level detail of draft map(s) of Town Council Districts will be available.

To access the Interactive Map Tool, click here.

For instructions on how to use the interactive map tool, click hereSpanish Instructions

For instructions on how to print maps from the interactive map tool, click here.   Spanish Instructions


​Upcoming Meetings

Saturday, February 16, 2019 -  Community Meeting - 10:00 a.m. at the Mary Agatha Furth Center, 8400 Old Redwood Highway: 
Monday, February 25, 2019 - 6:00 p.m. in the Civic Center Council Chambers - Special Town Council Meeting

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 6:00 p.m. in the Civic Center Council Chambers - Regular Town Council Meeting

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 6:00 p.m. in the Civic Center Council Chambers - Regular Town Council Meeting

​Resources




​Past Meetings

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 6:00 p.m. in the Civic Center Council Chambers - Regular Town Council Meeting:

  • Agenda - English   Spanish
  • Agenda Report 10.1 : Second Public Hearing Under the California Voting Rights Act - English   Spanish
  • Agenda Report 10.1 PowerPoint - English   Spanish

Saturday, February 2, 2019 -  Community Meeting - 10:00 a.m. at the Mary Agatha Furth Center, 8400 Old Redwood Highway: 

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 6:00 p.m. in the Civic Center Council Chambers - Special Town Council Meeting: 
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 6:00 p.m. in the Civic Center Council Chambers - Special Town Council Meeting:

  • Flyer - English   Spanish
  • Agenda - English   Spanish
  • Agenda Report 12.2 : Discussion Regarding the California Voting Rights Act and District Elections -                                                                    English   Spanish
  • Agenda Report 12.2 PowerPoint - English   Spanish

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 6:00 p.m. in the Civic Center Council Chambers - Special Study Session Meeting: 
  • Flyer - English   Spanish
  • Agenda - English   Spanish
  • Agenda Report 8.1 : Study Session Regarding Response to Notice of Violation of the California Voting Rights Act -                                English    Spanish
  • Agenda Report 8.1 PowerPoint - English   Spanish

Questions


Please direct any questions to districtelections@townofwindsor.com, or call (707) 838-1000.