Area-Based Elections

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Transitioning to an Area-Based Election System

The Dublin San Ramon Services District is transitioning in 2019 from an at-large election system to an area-based election system, under the California Voting Rights Act. Along with the City of San Ramon, San Ramon Valley Unified School District, San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District, and the Town of Danville, DSRSD received a demand letter dated Nov. 5, 2018, from Walnut Creek-based attorney Scott Rafferty, representing the Bay Area Voting Rights Initiative and demanding DSRSD change its current at-large election system to an area-based election system. Currently, all five members of the Board of Directors are chosen by constituents from the District’s entire service area. Under area-based elections, DSRSD will be divided into five separate election areas, and voters residing in each individual area will select one representative to serve on the Board.

At the Jan. 15, 2019, meeting, the DSRSD Board adopted a resolution of intent to transition from an at-large to an area-based election system. The District expects the transition process to be completed by May 7. DSRSD has held three public hearings and will hold a final hearing April 12 to give community members an opportunity to participate in the process.

Proposed final map (Scarlet Plan) and demographics selected April 2: Map PDF | Google Maps

At a final public hearing, the Board of Directors will consider adoption of the ordinance:

6 p.m. Tuesday, May 7
Shannon Community Center, Ambrose Hall
11600 Shannon Ave., Dublin

View the eight draft maps and demographics for area-based election boundaries: PDF | Google Maps

These tools were available prior to the four public hearings for community review and use:

Additional items available for public review:

View PDF of demographer's presentation to the Board from March 19

Meetings already held on creating election area boundaries:

6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5
Alcosta Senior & Community Center, Garden View Room
9300 Alcosta Blvd., San Ramon

6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19
The Wave, Community Room
4201 Central Parkway, Dublin

Meetings already held for the public to give input on draft maps and proposed sequence of elections:

6 p.m. Tuesday, March 19
Dougherty Station Community Center, Front Row Theater
17011 Bollinger Canyon Road, San Ramon

6 p.m. Tuesday, April 2
Shannon Community Center, Ambrose Hall
11600 Shannon Ave., Dublin

The Board considered an introduction of an ordinance establishing area-based elections:

6 p.m. Tuesday, April 16
Shannon Community Center
11600 Shannon Ave., Dublin

Questions can be directed to or Lea Blevins at 925-875-2294