District Voting Now
Who We Are
District Voting Now began as a group of Filipino Americans and Asian Pacific Islander (API) community members who decided to advocate for district voting in National City after seeing that the city was not in compliance with the California Voter Rights Acts by conducting at-large voting instead of by district. Because of this violation, it has been difficult for Filipino Americans and API’s to win elections in National City. This is important because the city’s residents are nearly 20% Filipino, the second largest population in the city. In addition, Filipino/API businesses contribute greatly to the success of National City’s thriving economy yet have not had any representation on the National City Council in the last 20 years.
District Voting Now was adopted as a project of the Asian Pacific American Coalition (APAC), a community-based, non-partisan, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation whose mission is to cultivate civic engagement to forward the voices of San Diego’s Asian Pacific American community. If you are interested in joining our movement click here.
Where We Stand
In a historic move as a result of our advocacy, the National City Mayor and City Council unanimously voted at a special meeting held December 2021 to adopt a resolution to transition from at-large voting to district voting. National City has until March of 2022 to implement the resolution.
Next Steps – We Need You!
Now that the resolution has been adopted, we need community members to participate in an effort to draw the lines for National City and help us gather support. Click here to sign up and join the districting movement.
APAC Proposed Map
Click on the image below to learn more about APAC’s proposed map for National City’s Districts.
What are “district” elections?
The City would be divided into districts. Voters within each district would vote to elect one council member to represent their district. If more minorities live within a particular district, they have greater influence on elections, especially for the council member who is representing that district. The mayor would continue to be elected “at large.”
What is the intent
There was concern that the at-large election process does not provide minorities and protected classes with the opportunity to elect their candidates of choice. CVRA makes it easier for minority groups to sue governments that use at-large elections on the grounds that they dilute the strength of minority votes.
Volunteer Today – Join our Movement
We are looking for community support to help push our campaign further than we could ever imagine. Does that sound like you? Volunteer today and be a part of change that will be remembered for years to come. Click on the link and one of our team members will reach out to you with next steps.
District Voting Now is a project of the Asian Pacific American Coalition (APAC).