Palm Springs residents will have the opportunity Thursday to address recently released recommendations for moving forward with the city’s transition to district elections.

City officials continue to consider where the new district boundaries will lie for its first district-based election and are seeking input from residents at the Thursday night study session at Palm Springs City Hall.

The city is making its switch from at-large elections, in which city officials are elected based on votes from the entire city’s population, versus district elections, in which various electoral districts throughout Palm Springs will elect council members through separate elections.

Thursday’s 6 p.m. meeting will include a presentation of recommendations from the city’s California Voting Rights Act Working Group and comments from the city council.

Community members are encouraged to provide their input at the session. Residents were also previously encouraged to submit their own custom maps to the city, though the submission period ended last week.

The city also released eight tentative maps created by a demographer to the public, along with statistics breaking down how each district was split based on various factors, including citizen voting age, voter turnout in past election years, age, race, income and more.

The final district maps are expected to be completed by the end of the year.

“The city council encourages everyone with an interest to join us for this important study session and community engagement forum. The council wants your input,” said City Manager David Ready.

Those who cannot attend the meeting may view the recommendations at www.psdistricts.com, or watch the meeting live online at www.palmspringsca.gov .

Spanish-language and American Sign Language interpreters will be on hand.

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