The Pasadena City Council voted unanimously Monday to adopt a resolution that will bring them into compliance with the California Voting Participation Rights Act.
“Our plan is to submit a charter amendment for voter approval,” said City Clerk Mark Jomsky.
No plans were established on Monday. Instead, the city will decide in January how City Council and Board of Education members will be elected.
Under the CVPRA, cities with low voter turnout must change their election calendars to match the state’s election cycle.
The CVPRA will force the city to change from March and April primaries and general elections in odd years to June and November elections in even years.
The elections will no longer be run by the city and will now be supervised by county officials
Options include a primary and general election format for mayoral and council elections that occur on statewide election dates and require candidates to receive more than 50 percent of the vote in the primary or general election.
The second option would also move elections to coincide with statewide elections, but would eliminate runoff elections and allow candidates to win with a plurality of the votes no matter the percentage.
The final option would force only mayoral candidates to win more than 50 percent of the vote in the primary or general election.
Under all three options, the mayor and council members could receive extensions on their terms up to 20 months while the city transitions to the new system.
On Monday, Councilmember Margaret McAustin said the voters should decide which election format they want.
The changes would mandate a change to the City Charter, which mandates the city’s election calendar. The language to the charter change would be finalized in February along with a call for a special election in June.