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Frequently Asked Questions – North Monterey County Unified School District Odd to Even Year Election Change

 

Why did I receive a letter about a change to district election dates?

You received this letter because the law requires us to notify you when districts move their election date.

 

Why is my district changing the election date?

In 2015, Senate Bill 415 (SB 415) passed and made the move a requirement if the turnout for the odd-year election is significantly lower than the average turnout for the last four general elections.  This is the case in Monterey County. When this happens, local districts must present a plan to move elections.  The plan is due at the beginning of 2018 and the change to election dates must occur no later than 2022. California Election Code gives districts the option of moving board member election dates from odd-year elections to even-year elections earlier.  All other districts in Monterey County moved their election in 2017 beginning with the 2017-2018 election cycle. 

 

Why is the state requiring this?

SB 415 is intended to increase turnout in local elections.  According to a policy brief by California Common Cause, numerous studies of California local elections have shown that odd-year local elections have dramatically lower turnout than local elections held concurrently with state elections. 

 

When is the next election date for the North Monterey County Unified School District?

The next election for the North Monterey County Unified School District is November 3, 2020.

 

How is the turnout comparison calculated for Monterey County?

 

To determine if turnout meets the criteria to warrant a change of election dates, we first determine the average turnout for the last four general elections.

 

Year

Turnout

2016

73.80%

2014

45.32%

2012

75.11%

2010

63.32%

Average Turnout  ((73.80+45.32+75.11+63.32)/4)

64.39%

               

The threshold is then calculated by subtracting 25% from the average turnout.

                               

Significant Decrease (64.39% - 25%)

39.39%

 

In the table below, we can determine that in each of our last four odd-numbered year elections, Monterey County experienced a significant decrease in voter turnout. In other words, in each of the last four odd-year elections, turnout percentages fell below the threshold. 

 

Odd-Year

Turnout (< = >)

2015

39.39% > 18.62%

2013

39.39% > 31.83%

2011

39.39% > 24.15%

2009

39.39% > 30.18%

 

 

 

Are other counties in the State moving to even-year elections?

Many counties already conduct all local elections with the even-year general elections.  Those counties that continue to conduct odd-year elections are working with their respective districts to initiate the move to even-year elections.

 

 

Did all local districts move their election this year?

All other local districts in Monterey County moved their election in 2017 beginning with the 2017-2018 election cycle.  The North Monterey County Unified School District is the last district to move their election. 

 

 

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