Desert Water Agency transitioned from at-large to division elections in November 2020. Voters elected two board members at that time for divisions 4 and 5. The next division election will be held in November of 2022 and will have three seats up for election.
DWA was required to redraw its Board of Directors maps based on 2020 Census data to ensure fair elections.
On April 5, 2022, the Board of Directors adopted its new map (referred to as “Map 2.1”) after significant input from the public through public hearings, workshops and email.
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Why did DWA change its election map?
The map DWA adopted in 2019 when it starting using electoral divisions was based on the most recent census data, which was 2010. The law requires DWA to review its map after each census. The 2020 Census results showed that DWA's map did need to be readjusted to allow for fair representation. On April 5 after three public hearings and two public workshops, the DWA adopted a new map to be used in future elections.
Will the Agency get new Board members?
Divisions 1, 2 and 3, will be up for election in 2022. As with every election, it is possible the Agency will have new board members.
When will there be elections for the new divisions?
Desert Water Agency elections are in every even year. The next elections will be in November of 2022 for three of the five seats on the Board. In 2024, the remaining two seats will be up for election.