Transition to Division-Based Elections
Carmichael Water District holds elections for its five-member Board of Directors (Board) every two years on a staggered schedule for four-year terms. On November 15, 2022 finalized the transition from at-large elections for members of the Board to by-division elections pursuant to Elections Code section 10010. Previously, the District had a "from-division" election system, where candidates must live in a specific division but the voters of the entire District are able to vote for all candidates. This is considered a form of at-large voting.
On January 18, 2022, the District's Board adopted Resolution Number 01182022-1 declaring its intent to initiate procedures to transition from at-large elections to division-based elections per the procedures provided in Elections Code section 10010. In a by-division election system, candidates must reside and be registered to vote in a specific division in order to be elected to that division's board seat, and voters within each division vote only for those candidates. Under federal election law and the California Voting Rights Act of 2001 (CVRA), the by-division election system is preferred as the system is most consistent with the constitutional "one-person, one-vote" rule.
The Board directed staff to analyze the District's current population distribution of the five existing election divisions. The analysis also included concentrations of minority populations and other demographic features that the Board may consider in redrawing division boundaries to comply with the CVRA. Based on this analysis, staff prepared a map which the the Board considered and approved as part of the voluntary proceedings to change to a by-division election system.
The following table describes the steps the District took to implement division-based elections. During the process residents in Carmichael Water District's service area were encouraged to participate in the electoral division mapping process by attending the public meetings and submitting oral or written comments.
Sequence of Elections
- Divisions 1, 2, and 4 elected in 2024, and Divisions 3 and 5 elected in 2026.