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CA Voting Rights Act Information 

The Rim of the World Recreation and Park District is beginning the process of changing the current at-large voting system to a voting system based on five board member areas. This means that instead of voting for all five members of the park board of directors, a voter will select one board member to represent their area of the park district.

The Rim of the World Recreation and Park District Board of Directors is making this change because the California Voting Rights Act strongly discourages at-large voting and highly encourages area-based voting as a means of ensuring that minority group voting rights in a community are protected and not abridged or diluted. Most California cities, school districts, and public agencies have converted, or are in the process of converting, to area-based voting. Some districts and public agencies have been sued for not shifting away from at-large voting. In each case, the public agency has lost and been forced to pay steep legal costs with money that otherwise would support park district facilities and programs.

To work with the community in making the change, the Rim of the World Recreation and Park District will hold public hearings to solicit input on how the District should be divided into board members areas. The Board is working with a professional demographer to draft multiple versions of voting area maps for review by the Board of Directors and the public.

After reviewing the different versions of the maps, the Board of Directors will hold additional public hearings before deciding on a final plan. The new voting system will be in effect most likely for the November 2020 election.

If you are unable to attend a hearing but wish to learn more or submit comments or questions regarding the election transition process, please visit our website at https://www.rim-rec.org A timeline for the transition, including dates and times for public hearings, can be found here. Comments or questions can be emailed to (redacted).

Notice of Public Hearings

Public Hearing #1 January 6, 2020 @ 6:00pm
Rim of the World Recreation and Park District Office
26577 State Highway 18 Rimforest CA 92378

Public Hearing #2 January 13, 2020 @ 6:00pm
Rim of the World Recreation and Park District Office

26577 State Highway 18 Rimforest CA 92378

Public Hearing #3 January 27, 2020 @6:00pm
Rim of the World Recreation and Park District Office

26577 State Highway 18 Rimforest CA 92378

ROTWRP_VotingAreas_Scenario1.pdfROTWRP_VotingAreas_Scenario2.pdf

Public Hearing #4 February 24, 2020 @6:00pm
Rim of the World Recreation and Park District Office

26577 State Highway 18 Rimforest CA 92378

Public Hearing #5 March 23, 2020 @6:00pm
Rim of the World Recreation and Park District Office

26577 State Highway 18 Rimforest CA 92378