Rose Fellow Doug Johnson on organizational change and elections

On October 17th, the Press-Enterprise ran an article titled “State voting rights law reshapes local elections” on the recent changes in local government organization, along with the new census data, that are affecting local elections, citing Rose Fellow Doug Johnson.

Many California cities and school districts are shifting from at-large elections to by-district elections in order to evade CA Voting Rights Act related lawsuits. According to Johnson, about 40 school districts thus far have formally declared their decision to switch to elections by trustee areas. “It appears we’re seeing the biggest and fastest change in how California government is organized at the local level since the Progressive movement in the early 1900’s,” Johnson said.

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