At their May 21, 2019 meeting, the City Council adopted Ordinance 1650, establishing a by-district election process in five council districts pursuant to California Elections Code § 10010 & California Government Code §§ 34871(A) & 34886, which also includes defining district boundaries and establishing the election process as defined by map 114. The Novato district elections will be in effect and take place during the November 5, 2019 local elections.
As stated in the ordinance, only three districts will be having elections in 2019: District 1, District 3, and District 5. Candidates will be running for a 5-year term, which will complete the City's transition from odd-year elections to even-year elections as stated with the adoption of Senate Bill 415 in 2015 and Ordinance No. 1618. Elections for Districts 2 and 4 will occur in 2022.
Draft District Maps
On May 14, 2019, the City Council held its fourth district elections public hearing to review, consider and receive public feedback on 22 proposed district maps which included 16 community submissions. As part of this process, the City-contracted demographer assisted the Council in determining which proposed maps met the required districting map criteria. After consideration, discussion, and narrowing down each Council member’s top choices, the Council voted unanimously to select map #114, submitted by Novato resident Tracey Ruiz.
The following maps were submitted for Council consideration. There are sixteen (16) community-submitted proposed maps, five (5) proposed draft maps submitted by City-contracted demographer Doug Johnson with the National Demographics Corporation, and one (1) proposed map submission from a City Councilmember. Demographics are included with each map.
Additionally, Map Submitter Comments are available for public review.
Draft Maps Posted May 6, 2019
Draft Map - 101
Draft Map - 102
Draft Map - 103
Draft Map - 104
Draft Map - 105
Draft Map - 106
Draft Map - 107
Draft Map - 108
Draft Map - 109
Draft Map - 110
Draft Map - 111
Draft Map - 112
Draft Map - 113
Draft Map - 114
Draft Map - 115
Draft Map - 116
Draft Map - Teal
Draft Map - Eklund
Draw & Submit Your Own District Map (Submission Period Closed on 4/30/19 to meet legally-mandated deadlines)
Help shape Novato's voting districts by drawing your own map! You can now draw and submit your own proposed district map for the City Council to consider. You can draw a citywide five-district map or just the boundaries of your neighborhood--it's up to you!
There are two map-drawing tools available for you to draw and submit your own proposed district map:
- paper-only maps
- online map-drawing tool
Online Map-Drawing Tool
The Online District Map-Drawing Tool enables you to draw districts census block by census block. You can fine-tune your district lines and see, in detail, the resulting demographics as you draw your map. This online tool includes five templates--one blank citywide map template and the four proposed draft district map templates submitted by the City-contracted demographer. (Please note: The draft district maps are available for review below.)
This tool can be challenging to figure out at first so before you log in and create your map, please review the following helpful guidelines:
- A series of short tutorial videos
- Quick Start Guide in English or en Español
- One-page reference sheet in English or en Español
Map Drawing Tips
One of the most important factors to consider when drawing your map is equal population among the five districts. In a five-district map, the ideal population for each district is 10,381. Additionally, there can be no more than a 1,038-person difference between the largest and smallest districts.
Please also consider the following factors:
- Communities of interest
- Be compact
- Be contiguous
- Have visible (natural and man-made) boundaries
- Include respect for past voter selections
- Plan for future growth
Submit Your Map (Submission period closed on April 30, 2019)
Completed maps can be submitted by email (you can scan and email or take a picture of your map and email from your mobile device) to the City Clerk at email@example.com, by fax at 415-899-8213, or mailed/dropped off to:
ATTN: City Clerk
City of Novato
922 Machin Avenue
Novato, CA 94945
Your proposed maps will be provided to the City Council for consideration.