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September 24, 2020 14:25PM
September 24, 2020 14:25PM
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District Election Process

District Election Process

After undertaking a yearlong public process to evaluate moving from an at-large election process to division-based elections, the Irvine Ranch Water District Board of Directors voted on May 13, 2019, to transition the election of the IRWD Board of Directors to division-based elections.

The November 2020 election will be the first election in which the IRWD Board of Directors will be elected through division-based elections.

Current Elections Process

IRWD currently uses an at-large method to elect the members of its Board of Directors. The at-large method allows voters from the entire service area to elect each of the five members of the Board of Directors. A by-division method divides a service area into separate divisions and allows the voters in each division to elect a member of the Board of Directors. Since the enactment of the California Voting Rights Act in 2001, many local governments have gone through a similar public process to evaluate moving to division-based elections.

IRWD Division Map

On May 13, 2019, the IRWD Board of Directors adopted the following division boundaries. The Board Members from Divisions 1 and 4 will be elected in 2020 and the Board Members from Divisions 2, 3 and 5 will be elected in 2022.

To help the community better understand the divisions and the division in which each village is located, a reference map that has an overlay of the villages located in each division is available below:

To help the community better understand the divisions and the division in which a specific address is located in, an interactive map is available below: