Transition to District Elections
On October 22, 2018, the Town of Windsor received a letter from the law firm of Shenkman & Hughes alleging a violation of the California Voting Rights Act ("CVRA"). The letter claimed that the Town's current at-large election system dilutes the ability of Latino voters to elect candidates of their choice or otherwise influence the outcome of Town Council elections. The letter also threatened litigation if the Town declines to voluntarily change to a district-based election system.
Over a series of public hearings and community meetings held in February and March 2019, the Town Council discussed and developed four Town Council district boundaries for the transition to District-based elections. The four districts are in compliance with the California Voting Rights Act, which requires that each district have a population within +/- 5% of 6,700 – the ideal population for each of the four districts. At their regular meeting on April 3, 2019, Council adopted Ordinance No. 2019-332, amending title 1, chapter 2 of the Code of the Town of Windsor to establish a district-based election system for four districts and an at-large elected Mayor. At the September 4, 2019 Town Council meeting, the Town Council adopted Ordinance No. 2019-336, amending Windsor Municipal Code Figure 1-2-200(A) of Title 1, Chapter 2, Article 2 "District Elections," to incorporate newly annexed territory into Windsor Town Council District 2.
The Town of Windsor began transitioning from at-large to district-based elections with the November 3, 2020 election.
Residents can look up their district by using the interactive map online here.
Visit this page for frequently asked questions regarding the transition to District Elections for the 2020 General Municipal Election.