Background

On March 15, 2023, the City of Thousand Oaks received a letter challenging the City’s current election system and asserting that the City’s at-large election system violates the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA).

The City is not unique in this situation. Agencies throughout the State have received similar demand letters prompting a shift from at-large to district-based elections. While it is unclear if the City’s current system runs afoul of existing law, the cost of litigation to defend the at-large system, coupled with the track record of other public agencies that have fought similar challenges, poses a significant financial and legal risk to the City.

In light of the letter and to protect the City from financial and legal risks, Thousand Oaks has taken steps to consider transitioning its election process to district-based elections.

District Elections

The City of Thousand Oaks, like hundreds of cities and school districts across the state, is making a change in how voters elect its City Councilmembers. Beginning in 2024, voters will vote for one City Councilmember who lives in their district. This will replace the current system of at-large citywide elections in which voters have the ability to vote for all City Councilmembers.

We need your help to make this change and draw City Council districts!

One of our primary goals when drawing City Council districts is to draw lines that respect neighborhoods and communities of interest. So we want to know: What do you consider the boundaries of your neighborhood? Which areas should be in just one district for fair representation?

How to Participate?

Share your specific thoughts, draw a map, or attend an upcoming workshop to get involved!

  • Submit written testimony about your community, the districting process, or a specific map to districtelections@toaks.org.
    Please note that all submissions are public record and is subject to disclosure pursuant to the California Public Records Act and Brown Act unless exempt from disclosure under the applicable law. Communications will NOT be edited for redactions and will be printed/posted as submitted. For further assistance or if you have any questions, please contact the City Clerk Department at (805) 449-2151 or cityclerk@toaks.org.
  • Click here to see the calendar of workshops and public hearings at which you can speak about the process or a specific map.

At the hearings and workshops, we encourage members of the public to share one or more of the following items:

  • Define your neighborhood or community of interest
  • Explain why you believe districting is relevant to your community
  • Get the tools you need to draw a map of one district or of all 5 districts
  • Share your opinions of the draft maps
  • Talk to your neighbors and local organizations
  • Ask questions or provide general comments about the districting process