District Voting


The City of Upland will be voting in districts for the first time on November 6, 2018. The district where I have lived for 35 years is called District 4. (Please refer to the map.) This year District 2,3 and 4 will be voting for their individual council members. District 1 and the Mayor position and Treasurer will be voted on in 2020. If you are unsure where you are on the map, you can go to the City of Upland web site or the County of San Bernardino and type in your address and it will give you that information on your district.
Most people ask about representation of their district. All council members elected will represent the WHOLE CITY not just a district. The only difference will be they will be voted in by only their district. All matters, no matter where they are located in the city, will be decided equally by the council as a whole or majority vote.

On December 22, 2015, the City received a letter alleging that the City’s at-large elections are a violation of the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) due to the presence of racially polarized voting (RPV), which impairs the ability of minority citizens to elect the candidate of their choice to the City Council. After review and research of the allegations contained in the letter, as well as consideration of the City’s options, the City entered into an Agreement, pursuant to which it agreed to place a district-based voting ballot measure on the November 8, 2016 ballot. The City also agreed to approve and adopt one district map plan from the proposed draft plans no later than August 1, 2016.

According to what was required, the City entered into an agreement with Compass Demographics to direct the process of creating districts. The consultant was David Ely, principal of Compass Demographics. The city staff designed a community participation plan to gather input on council member voting district boundaries. Staff and Mr. Ely conducted community outreach, received input from the public, and prepared maps in accordance with the California There were multiple workshops held so that citizens could give input into where the district maps should be drawn. The City Council adopted the plan during a public hearing on April 11, 2016. . Mr. Ely conducted community outreach and received input from the public. Afterward he prepared maps in accordance with the California laws . Those in attendance learned about the State & Federal requirements for creating districts, had an opportunity to draw district boundaries, and provide input in the process.

During the July 11, 2016 meeting, the City Council received a presentation from Mr. Ely and staff, as well as public input, regarding three draft voting district maps. After the presentation and the public hearing, the City Council discussed the three draft voting district maps and then indicated its preference for Draft Map 3, which provides for division of the City into four (4) council member districts in a manner consistent with the Federal Voting Rights Act (FVRA), the CVRA and the Agreement. The City Council further requested that staff explore the possibility of adopting an ordinance establishing by-district elections rather than placing a measure on the November 8, 2016 ballot. On August 8th, 2016, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 1909 to establish By-District Election of four council members and establishing the boundaries of each council district.

This first election by districts will take place with the November 2018 election or this year.  In that election three Council Members will be elected by district (District 2,3 and 4).  The remaining Council position will be elected by district in 2020 (District 1) .  Per the settlement agreement, the district(s) with a majority minority representation will be among the first district elections. District 3 and 4 were determined to have the highest minority representation and would be required to be on the ballot first along with District 2 was elected.