By Robert Haugh
In Santa Clara, Measure D is the only local measure on the June 7, 2022 ballot.
Measure D would amend the City Charter to align with the current district election model in place since 2018. It’s an update to the charter itself to conform with the current practice of district elections.
Santa Clara was forced into district elections by a court case even though the City Charter determines how city elections are held.
This move is considered necessary so that there won’t be confusion in the future since the Charter calls for at-large elections for councilmembers. Only voters can change the Charter.
Interestingly, if Measure D fails, nothing happens. The districts will remain according to the City’s legal staff.
Here’s the official ballot language:
DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTIONS. Shall the City Charter be amended to elect city council members by district, excepting the mayor, to establish six districts for the election of one council member to represent each district; and to establish a 30-day residency requirement for all elected officials?
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No argument in opposition to Measure D was filed.