Based on feedback from our residents and several draft map recommendations from our demographer, the City Council approved the “violet” map on a 4-1 vote (Councilmember Lupe Ramos Watson abstained) on August 2, 2017. An ordinance was introduced on September 6, 2017, and a second reading on September 20, 2017. If passed, it will go into effect in November of 2018 when three of the five new districts will vote to elect new city council members, and the remaining two districts will do the same in 2020.
On April 19, 2017, the Indio City Council adopted a resolution to transition from our current system of at-large elections (one in which all voters in the city vote for the entire city council) to a district-based election system (one in which city council candidates from specified geographic districts are elected only by voters within their district). The community is invited to attend public hearings to ask questions, provide comments and be part of the process. The public hearing schedule is below.
The City has decided to transition to district-based elections for City Council in order to fulfill the intent and purposes of the California Voting Rights Act. The California Voting Rights Act was enacted in 2001 to ensure the California constitutional guarantees of equal protection and the right to vote.
How It Will Work
We welcome any comments or suggestions from the community as we begin this transition process. Please contact us at 760-541-4444 or firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions.
Public Hearing/Ordinance Schedule
May 17, 2017
Council Meeting/Public Hearing #1
June 7, 2017
Council Meeting/Public Hearing #2
June 7-June 13, 2017
Draft Map(s) Drawn
June 14, 2017
Public Draft Map(s) and Sequencing
June 21, 2017
Council Meeting/Public Hearing #3
July 5, 2017
Council Meeting/Public Hearing #4
August 2, 2017
Council Meeting/Public Hearing #5
September 6, 2017
Council Meeting/First Reading of Ordinance
September 20, 2017
Council Meeting/Second Reading of Ordinance
First districts hold elections
Remaining districts hold elections