Precincts and Districts Information

    • Precincts:
      Everyone in the County of Ventura lives within the boundaries of a precinct. A precinct contains districts and special districts. A precinct is the smallest civil group in the United States. Precincts do not have their own government. 

Mail Ballot Precincts: By California State Election Code a mail ballot precinct can have no more than 250 voters. Mail Ballot precincts will appear in areas of the county where the population is very low. Because the populations of these areas are so small, the California Election Code does not require the Elections Division to provide a polling place. In some areas districts overlap, and in other locations they leave gaps of where the districts have no coverage. So consequently coverage is random for each parcel. In some cases a parcel is not in any of the districts, and other parcels may have more than one of the districts. Because of the range of special districts in the County of Ventura, some precincts in populated areas are mail ballot. These precincts are isolated from their neighbors because they do not have the same districts as their neighboring precincts.

    • Districts:
      There are different types of districts, and they all provide some kind of service. Only voters who live within the limits of a district area are allowed to vote for the candidate(s) running for that district office.

Legislative Districts: The House of Representatives and Senate make up Congress. Congress writes bills that may become laws on the federal level, if not vetoed (rejected) by the President of the United States. National level lawmaking has the right to pass laws, declare war, control trade, and direct tax
and spending rules. Where the State Senate and State Assembly propose laws on the State level, they cannot
declare war. The governor has many executive powers on the state level. The governor is the commander in chief of the state militia. The Governor has the powers to:

 approve state budgets and appropriations
 pass state legislation (laws)
 appoint executive and judicial vacancies
 have legislative oversight of executive branch functions
 pass or veto proposed laws
 approve State budgets
 nominate person(s) to fill vacancies
 Municipal, superior, appeals and Supreme court judges
 Advisory committee (cabinet)
 Appoint boards and commissions
 Labor
 Transportation
 Health care
 Human services

Local Districts:
Local districts are the arms of county government. These local districts have corporate powers, tax powers, and police powers. Corporate power means that government can build public works projects like building schools and clinics, and run local public service programs like managing parks and collecting trash. Tax power is the right to collect taxes to pay for the services the district provides. Police power is the right to pass laws regarding zoning land, building, planning and growth and setting speed limits. Local Districts:

 County Offices
 County Supervisor
 Sheriff
 Assessor
 Clerk and Recorder
 Cities
 Mayor
 City Council
 Board of Education
 Schools
 College