District Elections

Map 516c Adopted

On October 2, 2023, City Council adopted map 516c as the new by-district elections map for the 2024 and future Council elections. You can view the map in the interactive review map or see the map, its demographics and the adopted election sequence in PDF.

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The City of Rancho Cordova, like hundreds of cities and school districts across the state, is working to make a change in how voters elect its City Council. Beginning with the 2024 Council election, voters will vote for one City Council Member who lives in and represents their district.

Why is this change occurring?

On June 7, 2023, the City of Rancho Cordova received a letter from attorney Scott J. Rafferty, asserting that at-large election system violates the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) and threatened litigation if the city does not voluntarily convert to district-based elections. Read the letter here.

What is the timeline? 

Within 45 days of receiving the June 7, 2023 letter, the city must respond by expressing its intention. At the July 17, 2023 City Council meeting, the City Council publicly discussed the potential transition from at-large to district-based elections and ultimately passed a Resolution of Intent to work on transitioning to district-based elections. You can read the resolution here

Once the city expresses its intent to transition, it is in what is called a “Safe Harbor” period, and a lawsuit cannot be filed. However, the city has only 90 days in which to hold at least four public hearings, draw and publish maps, and determine the sequence of elections.  

Public participation is an important part of this process

The city will hold seven public meetings, including five public hearings and two community forums. All of the information regarding the work to transition to district-based elections is on this website.

In addition, we need your help to make this change and draw new City Council districts. One of our primary goals when drawing City Council districts is to draw lines that respect neighborhoods, history, and geographical elements. So, we want to know: What do you consider the boundaries of your neighborhood? Click here to draw a map.

How to participate

Share your specific thoughts, draw a map, or attend an upcoming workshop to get involved!

  • Submit written testimony about your community, the process, or a specific map to districts@cityofranchocordova.org.
  • Click here to see the calendar of workshops and public hearings at which you can speak about the process or a specific map.
  • Click here to view the draft maps or here to go directly to the Interactive Review Map.
  • Click here for information on drawing and submitting maps.
  • Go to the schedule page, which includes links to all presentation materials.

At the hearings and workshops, we want you to:

  • Define your neighborhood or community of interest
  • Get the tools you need to draw a map of one district or of all districts
  • Share your opinions of the draft maps
  • Talk to your neighbors and local organizations

Join Us at 7 Public Hearings & Community Forums

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