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South Coast City Starts Process Of Moving From At-Large, To District Elections

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A South Coast community which is shifting from at-large, to district municipal elections is holding a series of community meetings to share information, and get comments on the effort. Camarillo is changing the way it’s doing elections as a result of a lawsuit.

Some groups charge that minorities are underrepresented in at-large elections as opposed to district elections. A number of cities on the Central and South Coasts are switching to district elections after being hit with lawsuits, or the threat of legal action.

Camarillo will hold the first in a series of hearings on the change February 27th in its City Council chambers.

Officials will explain the process, which includes deciding how many districts there will be, and their size. Monthly community meetings are planned on the change through June.

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