By-Trustee Area Election System

  • OVERVIEW

    The Antioch Unified School District (AUSD) currently elects its Board of Education members through an at-large election system. Under this system, candidates for the Board of Education can reside anywhere in AUSD's area of service and are elected by the registered voters that reside within AUSD's area of service.

    AUSD received a demand letter claiming that the District’s current method of electing the Board of Education members through at-large elections violates the California Voting Rights Act ("CVRA"). This letter alleges that the District’s elections “may be occurring by polarized voting,” and threatens litigation if the District declines to adopt a By-Trustee Election System. A By-Trustee Election System is one in which the district's area of service is divided into By-Trustee areas, and voters in each By-Trustee area choose their Board of Education representative, who must also live in that By-Trustee area. 

    On May 23, 2018, the AUSD Board of Education adopted Resolution 2017-18-28 declaring their intent to transition to a By-Trustee Area Election System in response to the demand letter. 

    Pursuant to Election Code Section 10010, AUSD is conducting a series of public hearings to receive community input on the composition of proposed election geographic areas for Board of Education seats. It is of the utmost importance that residents participate and provide feedback during the upcoming public hearings. It is the District’s desire to ensure that the proposed By-Trustee Areas reflect communities of interest and that the community is involved in this process.

    Please review the Frequently Asked Questions page for additional information about district elections.

    Have additional questions or concerns? Send them to antiochusdcvra@coopstrategies.com.