More meetings have been scheduled to discuss election reform in the City of Riverbank.
City residents should be receiving notices in the mail for three District Election Forums local officials have scheduled throughout October.
The city is making an effort to comply with the requirements of the California Voting Rights Act of 2001 by considering a change in its electoral system. It is being proposed that Riverbank change from ‘at-large’ elections, where all voters cast ballots to fill the council and mayoral seat, to a ‘by-district’ election in the near future.
The proposed changes would leave the mayor’s seat at-large, but create districts for the other four council seats. They’d be phased in so that current members won’t be arbitrarily forced out of office.
The city is seeking citizen input, so that comments, questions, concerns and choice of boundaries will be the most beneficial to the entire city.
Three forums have been scheduled, each in a different location.
The first is on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at the Riverbank Language Academy, in the multipurpose room, 2400 Stanislaus St., from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The second is set for Saturday, Oct. 24, at the City Council Chambers, 6707 Third St., from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
The third and final forum will be on Thursday, Oct. 29, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Crossroads Elementary School multipurpose room, 5800 Saxon Way.
Citizens with questions are asked to contact City Clerk/Elections Official Annabelle Aguilar, at 863-7198, or email to city email@example.com. More information is available on city’s newly re-designed website, www.riverbank.org.