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City Council votes to move forward with changing election dates

Posted: March 26, 2014 2:12 a.m.
Updated: March 26, 2014 2:12 a.m.

Members of the Santa Clarita City Council voted early Wednesday morning to approve moving forward with changing the city’s election dates, as agreed upon to settle a lawsuit alleging that the city’s election system violated the California Voting Rights Act.

The vote, which came at the tail end of a meeting that began Tuesday evening and lasted for more than six hours, passes to second reading an ordinance that would change the date of Santa Clarita City Council elections from April to November of even-numbered years.

The election date change would not affect the upcoming City Council election, which is scheduled for April 8.

“The settlement agreement also requires that the city will operate the November City Council election as a concurrent election unless, in connection with any future November election, Los Angeles County approves the consolidation of the City Council election with the statewide general election, in which event the City Council election will be consolidated with the County election,” reads the agenda item on the council agenda.

A group of local agencies, including school districts and the Newhall County Water District, unsuccessfully petitioned the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors last year to change their election dates to even-numbered years, saying high-profile races such as those for president or governor would likely boost turnout for their elections.
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