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Perris considers district elections

Perris considers district elections

The City of Perris is asking its residents if they favor shifting to district elections for electing their city council.

A virtual meeting to discuss a possible switch from at-large elections is scheduled to be held Tuesday.

An in-person meeting will be held on Sept. 7 at the city council chambers. Both sessions are scheduled to start at 6 p.m.

The city has also set up an online portal where residents can express their views. That portal – and a link to the virtual meeting, which will air on Zoom – can be accessed at the city’s website.

Perris’ mayor and four council members are elected directly and at large, meaning any eligible voter can run for council, and every voter may vote for the mayor and council regardless of where they live.

Once elected, all five serve four-year terms.

In a district-based election, the city would be divided into equally populated districts. A candidate would be allowed to run only for the council seat that represents his or her district and would be elected exclusives by the residents in that district.

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