Elections and Voter Information
The Yucaipa City Council is comprised of five Council members with each sharing equal voting powers on all items coming before the Council. Council members are elected by-district to four-year terms, with elections held in November of even-numbered years. The Council meets annually to choose one of its members as Mayor and another of its members as Mayor Pro Tem. The City Council appoints the City Manager and City Attorney and members of all advisory boards, commissions, and committees. The City Council also serves as the Board of Directors for the Yucaipa Successor Agency and as Commissioners of the Yucaipa Housing Authority.
Register to Vote
In California, the deadline to register to vote for any election is 15 day before Election Day, so register early! You can apply to register to vote by filling in the online application at the California Secretary of State website. Voters qualify for registration by being a United States citizen, a resident of California, 18 years old or older on Election Day, and not currently in prison or on parole for the conviction. Re-registration is required when you move, change your name, or change your political party choice.
The City of Yucaipa is a “General Law” City and the City Council is comprised of five (5) Council Members who each serve a four-year term. The City Council members are currently elected through an at-large system where the voters of our community elect City Council Members to represent the entire population. In accordance with Senate Bill 493, growing concerns about, and challenges to at-large election systems throughout the State, the Yucaipa City Council has directed staff to begin the process of transitioning from at-large elections to by- district elections for City Council seats. A “by-district” election is a method of electing members in which each City Council Member is elected only by the voters in the district in which the candidate resides. A move to this type of election system derives from two sources:
• The City continues to expand and diversify with economic, industrial and residential growth; and
• The threat of costly legal challenges, as seen with other cities throughout the State, outweighs the risk of not implementing a by-district system by the November 8, 2016 election.
Recently, law firms have used the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) to bring lawsuits against cities claiming they are in violation of the CVRA due to a lack of City Council representation. Cities have engaged in expensive legal battles, upwards of
$3 million, that conclude with court ordered district-based elections. By facing these realities directly, the City Council is resolving to avoid expensive lawsuits and maintain control of its election system by creating balanced electoral districts that
are in the best interests of Yucaipa’s citizens. Therefore, by proceeding in this direction, the City of Yucaipa recognizes that:
• The cost to defend litigation associated with the CVRA is exorbitant and that the avoided defense cost can be better used to invest in our community.
• The courts have ignored the will of the community in these lawsuits, as no City has been successful in litigating CVRA challenges.
• The most serious outcome to Yucaipa of litigating this challenge includes the City losing control of the election process and the ability to customize the district boundaries to best meet our citizens’ needs.
As a result, the City of Yucaipa will hold a series of public hearings and meetings in order to seek input from the community though the process and transition to a “by-district” election by the November 8, 2016 election.
Every ten years, local governments use new census data to redraw their district lines to reflect how local populations have changed. Assembly Bill 849 (2019) requires cities and counties to engage communities in the redistricting process by holding public hearings and/or workshops and doing public outreach, including to non-English-speaking communities.
Every ten years, districts must be redrawn so that each district is substantially equal in population. This process, called redistricting, is important in ensuring that each city councilmember represents about the same number of constituents. In Yucaipa, the City Council is responsible for drawing council districts. Redistricting is done using U.S. Census data, which is usually released around March 31, 2021; however, due to delays, the Census data may not be issued until the end of September 2021.
Redistricting determines which neighborhoods and communities are grouped together into a district for purposes of electing a councilmember. The City Council will seek input in selecting the next district map for our City Council. You have an opportunity to share with the City Council how you think district boundaries should be drawn to best represent your community. You can contact the City Clerk via email to find out more about how the process works.
Visit the My Elections Gateway service on the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters website!
- Find your polling location
- Download your Voter Information Guide
- Check the status of your vote by mail ballot
- Opt out/Opt in to receive your Voter Information Guide by mail