City in Orange County California Skips Court and Abolishes At-Large Voting

Photo courtesy OCRegister

Photo courtesy OCRegister

San Juan Capistrano, CA – This town of around 35,000 in Orange County, California boasts a burgeoning Latino population of nearly 40%. City council members have been historically elected at-large by city voters, but a recent lawsuit field by a Latino voting rights group sparked debate and in the end, city officials agreed to elect council members by district; five districts to be exact.




  • The elections for the districts are staggered; two seats will be up this year. The remaining in 2018.
  • Once all of the districts are in place, Latinos will comprise a substantial portion of two districts, but neither will feature a Latino majority at this point.
  • There is still some debate on exactly which two districts will be in contention this year. Read more at the

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