Desert Water Agency transitioned from at-large to division elections with the first division election in November 2020. The second division election will be held in November of 2022.
The Board of Directors unanimously approved a map on July 16, 2019 to break the service boundaries into five divisions and kick-starts the transition.
DWA had an at-large system that allowed customers to elect all five members of the Board of Directors. Elections by division – also referred to as districts – apportions the service area into five divisions with customers voting only for candidates from within their own division.
The move to voting by division avoids a potentially costly lawsuit. Various Coachella Valley cities and school districts have moved to district elections in recent years for similar reasons.
To assist in the process, DWA hired National Demographics Corporation, the firm that did work for Palm Springs and Cathedral City in their districting efforts.
FAQs on Transition
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Why is DWA considering the transition now?
Is DWA being sued?
Desert Water Agency is not currently being sued but was asked by a law firm and its client to voluntarily change its election system. The Agency believes that there is a strong chance of being sued if it does not make the change.
How will this change affect me?
Were past DWA elections unfair?
Will the Agency get new Board members?
Two of the five seats on the Board were up for election in 2020, Divisions 4 and 5. The remaining three seats, 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.