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Lodi Unified School District voters could see a change on ballot next year

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Lodi Unified School District trustees adopted a resolution on Tuesday that will change the voting procedure in future school board elections, and made slight changes to individual trustee area boundaries.

Pending approval by the San Joaquin County Board of Education, voters will cast ballots for only one seat on the seven-member Lodi Unified board starting in 2014. Voters will be able to cast their ballot only for people running within the same trustee area boundary as the voter.

Currently, trustees must live within a particular geographical area in their district, but voters may cast their ballots for candidates in all seven trustee areas.

Board members George Neely, Ron Heberle, Ron Freitas and Ruth Davis live in Lodi; Bonnie Cassel is from Clements; and Ralph Womack and Joe Nava are from North Stockton.

The recommendations are being made after other school districts have been sued or threatened with lawsuits because board members didn’t reflect the district’s diversity, according to a draft resolution. The changes are being considered to reflect the 2010 Census.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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