Chapter 1.10
ELECTORAL DISTRICTS

Sections:

1.10.010    City electoral districts established – Boundaries.

1.10.020    Electoral district number 1.

1.10.030    Electoral district number 2.

1.10.040    Electoral district number 3.

1.10.050    Electoral district number 4.

1.10.060    Council representation.

1.10.070    Councilmember residency requirements.

1.10.080    Voting – Residency.

1.10.090    Population representation.

1.10.010 City electoral districts established – Boundaries.

The City of Sunnyside is divided into four electoral districts, which shall be known as electoral district number 1, electoral district number 2, electoral district number 3 and electoral district number 4. The boundaries of each electoral district shall be as provided in this chapter, and shown on the City of Sunnyside Electoral Districting Map (“electoral districting map”). [Ord. 2009-3 § 1.]

1.10.020 Electoral district number 1.

Electoral district number 1 shall consist of voting precinct 1708, which generally is that territory within the City limits lying north of Yakima Valley Highway, excluding that portion lying south of East Edison Avenue, and including that area south of Yakima Valley Highway lying north of voting precincts 1701, 1703 and 1705, all as shown on the electoral districting map. [Ord. 2009-3 § 1.]

1.10.030 Electoral district number 2.

Electoral district number 2 shall consist of voting precincts 1702, 1703, 1704, and 1705, which generally is that territory within the City limits lying south of voting precinct 1708, and west of South 6th Street, then north of East Lincoln Avenue to South 1st Street, then north to Southwest Crescent Avenue, then southeasterly along Southwest Crescent Avenue to the western City limits, all as shown on the electoral districting map. [Ord. 2009-3 § 1.]

1.10.040 Electoral district number 3.

Electoral district number 3 shall consist of voting precinct 1701, which generally is that territory within the City limits lying south of voting precinct 1708, west of Yakima Valley Highway, north of East Lincoln Avenue, and east of South 6th Street, all as shown on the electoral districting map. [Ord. 2009-3 § 1.]

1.10.050 Electoral district number 4.

Electoral district number 4 shall consist of voting precinct 1706, which generally is that territory within the City limits lying south of voting precinct 1708, south and east of voting precinct 1701, and south of voting precincts 1702, 1703, 1704, and 1705, all as shown on the electoral districting map. [Ord. 2009-3 § 1.]

1.10.060 Council representation.

Each electoral district shall be represented on the City Council by one Councilmember, and three Councilmembers shall be elected from the City at large. City Council position number 1 shall be assigned to electoral district number 1; City Council position number 2 shall be assigned to electoral district number 2; City Council position number 3 shall be assigned to electoral district number 3; and City Council position number 4 shall be assigned to electoral district number 4. City Council position numbers 5, 6 and 7 shall be elected from the City at large. [Ord. 2009-3 § 1.]

1.10.070 Councilmember residency requirements.

A Councilmember must reside in the electoral district for which that Councilmember is elected on the date of election. Removal of a Councilmember’s residence from the electoral district for which the Councilmember was elected renders the office vacant; provided, that a change in the boundaries of the electoral district shall not affect the term of any Councilmember, and the Councilmember shall be allowed to serve out the term of office in the ward of the Councilmember’s residence at the time of election. [Ord. 2009-3 § 1.]

1.10.080 Voting – Residency.

At the primary election for Councilmembers, qualified voters shall vote only for City Council positions in the electoral district of their residence. At the general election for Councilmembers, qualified voters residing in the City shall vote for all City Council positions. [Ord. 2009-3 § 1.]

1.10.090 Population representation.

Representation of each electoral district in the City Council shall be in proportion to the population as nearly as is practicable. On the publication of the results of a federal census, the City shall review the federal census to determine whether the representation of each electoral district in the City Council is in proportion to the population as nearly as is practicable. If the results of the federal census require that the boundaries of the electoral district be changed, the City Council shall change the boundaries of the electoral district not less than 90 days before the primary election preceding the next general municipal election, and shall amend the electoral districting map to conform. [Ord. 2009-3 § 1.]