Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is the difference between at-large and trustee-area-based elections?
A. At-large elections occur when each trustee is elected by all voters within the District. Trustee-area elections occur when each trustee must reside within the designated trustee-area boundary and is elected only by the voters in that area.
Q. Why is the Los Alamitos Unified School Board changing to trustee-area-based system?
A. The California Voting Rights Act strongly discourages at-large voting and highly encourages area-based voting as a means of ensuring that minority group voting rights in a community are protected and not abridged or diluted. At-large voting can result in minority groups being blocked in electing candidates of their choosing. Most California cities, school districts and public agencies have converted, or are in the process of converting, to area-based voting.
Q. How does this affect my vote?
A. Instead of voting for all five members of the Board of Education, you will vote for the one trustee who represents your area of the district.
Q. How will the trustee area maps be drawn?
A. The Board of Education has hired a professional demographer to draw proposed maps based on census data and community input.
Q. Does this change where my child attends school?
A. No. Trustee-area elections will have no impact on school attendance boundaries.
Q. Who makes the final decision on trustee area boundaries?
A. The Los Alamitos Unified Board of Education will make a final decision which must be approved by the Orange County Committee on School District Organization and the State Board of Education before it goes into effect.
Q. When will the Los Alamitos Unified Board of Education make a decision on trustee area boundaries?
A. The Board of Education is expected to adopt the final trustee area map by January 2020. See here for a complete timeline of the voting transition process.
Q. I cannot attend any of the public hearings/meetings. Is there a way to submit comments online?
A. Yes, you can submit comments to firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be forwarded to the Board of Education for review.
Q. Will trustee areas change over time?
A. They will be reviewed by the Los Alamitos Unified Board of Education and our demographer after the 2020 census to see if any changes are needed.