The City of Encinitas is in the process of transitioning to a district-based election system, where City Council members are elected by district instead of serving at-large. The move comes following a claim that the city was violating the California Voting Rights Act; the Encinitas City Council adopted a Resolution of Intention to transition in late August and approved the ordinance in November. The ordinance now requires councilmembers to live in the district they represent and will be elected only by the voters of that district. The mayor will continue to be elected by the entire city of Encinitas.

The first district elections will occur in November 2018 in Districts 3 and 4, which includes Cardiff-by-the-Sea, New Encinitas, and Olivenhain. The second district elections will occur in November 2020 in Districts 1 and 2, which includes Old Encinitas and Leucadia. For more information go to