The Reporter Editorial: Election methods raise questions in Vacaville

In 2005, when voters changed the way they elected trustees to the Vacaville Unified School District board, no one brought up the potential ramifications of the California Voting Rights Act that took effect in 2003.

Instead, the question was whether the school district was finally united to the point that it no longer mattered whether a potential trustee lived on the north or south side of the freeway.

For decades — some say dating to the time when the district became “unified” — there were two trustee districts for the seven-member board. Three seats were reserved for trustees who lived in the northern district, while four seats were for those from the south side; voters from the entire district elected them all.

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