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Do Voters Have the Constitutional Right to Choose Their Elected Representatives?
Not in San Diego
May 9, 2017 – “The San Diego Unified School District’s election process does not always result in board members who reflect the diversity of the district’s population.” – The San Diego County Grand Jury – “San Diego Unified School District School Board Elections – Time for a Change”
July 18, 2017 – “The City Council agrees with the Grand Jury’s finding.” – IBA Report 17-27
In 2017 the San Diego County Grand Jury recommended District Only elections for San Diego Unified to the City Council to correct the violation of the California Voting Rights Act of 2001. The recommendation was to change the City Charter, which is under the prevue of the San Diego City Council, so that voters who successfully choose their preferred sub-district candidate representative in the Primary election are not then disenfranchised by the highly financed and union-backed candidates they oppose in the General election, where they must face the entire city-wide 5 sub-district voters.
The system is unfairly rigged to keep the powerful in charge while preferred candidates cannot compete in a city-wide race where anywhere from $500,000 to $1,000,000 in campaign funding is needed to compete. Education unions have been throwing that kind of money around to maintain power. The City refused to change the City Charter.
Time for Change San Diego was formed, a lawsuit filed, and change is on the way.