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Measure S Asks El Cajon Voters To Change How They Elect Council Members

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Main Street in El Cajon is seen, Sept. 29, 2016.

Measure S Asks El Cajon Voters To Change How They Elect Council Members


William "Bill" Wells, mayor, city of El Cajon


El Cajon voters are being asked to change the way they elect city council members on the November ballot.

Measure S is asking voters if they want to change from at-large elections, where everyone votes on every council seat in the city, to district elections, where voters in a region of the city would vote on a council member to represent them.

It is a switch that has been made by a growing number of cities in recent years, including Escondido and Chula Vista. Cities are making the change because under the California Voting Rights Act of 2001 cities can be sued if at-large elections decrease the strength of minority voters.

"Every city in California that has opposed this has been forced by the courts to adopt this and has had to pay exorbitant fees in the process, usually well over a million dollars, sometimes up to five," said El Cajon Mayor William "Bill" Wells. 

We speak to Wells about Measure S on Midday Edition Thursday.

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