Ventura’s new District 5 is bordered on the south by the Santa Clara River, on the north by the 126 Freeway, on the west by Montgomery Avenue and on the east by Saticoy Avenue with a jog over to Wells Road. It is one of seven districts created on December 18, 2017 when the Ventura City Council adopted “Map 11 Revised” as the City of Ventura District-Based Election Map and set the sequencing for the 2018 election as Districts 1, 4, 5, and 6 and the 2020 Election as Districts 2, 3, and 7.
Go here for a link to an interactive map that will help you find your residence and determine which district you live in. Zoom in and the streets become more detailed.
Ventura replaced its “at-large” voting system with districts to conform to the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA). The CVRA, passed in 2001, expands on the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, making it easier for minority groups in California to prove that their votes are being diluted in “at-large” elections.
Ventura has not elected a person of color in at least 20 years. Districts will make it easier to elect a minority candidate in areas where underrepresented voters comprise a larger percent of the population.
Residents of each district will only be able to vote for the candidates which reside in their districts, electing one. While council elections come up every two years (four one cycle, three the next), under the district system voters are only able to vote when their seat comes up.
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