The upcoming General Municipal Election on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 will have Santa Maria voters elect a Mayor, two members of the City Council, a City Treasurer, and a City Clerk.

For anyone interested in running for office, there are certain required steps.  First, a candidate must be at least 18 years of age on Election Day and be a registered voter of the City of Santa Maria.  Second, the candidate must be “nominated” by 20 registered voters of the City.

The Nomination Period to run for office opens on Monday, July 18th and ends on Friday, August 12th.   Candidate Nomination information will be available at the City Clerk’s office during that time.  The nomination papers are provided to candidates and contain space for them to obtain signatures of 30 registered voters.  While only 20 signatures are necessary to qualify as a valid candidate, it is recommended that candidates obtain all 30 in the event some are invalid.  There is no fee to run for office in Santa Maria.  Should any of the incumbents decide not to run for re-election, the nomination period will be extended for five days until Wednesday, August 17th. Please contact the City Clerk’s Office at (805) 925-0951 ext. 2307 for an appointment to pull nomination papers and to receive a candidate orientation.

Voting is a privilege and registering to vote is easy as 1-2-3.  Voter registration forms are available at City Hall, the Santa Maria Public Library, and at the County Elections office (addresses below). Postage is prepaid on the registration forms.  Residents may register to vote at any time; however, to vote in the November election, a person must register before October 24, 2016.

City Hall                                 Public Library                                   County Elections

110 E. Cook Street               421 S. McClelland Street                511 E. Lakeside Pkwy.

Registering online is available through the Secretary of State’s website at:   http://registertovote.ca.gov/.  It is not recommended that a person register online within 45 days of the election because their registration may not be processed in time for them to vote on November 8th.

For information about the City of Santa Maria’s election, learn what is required to run for a City elected office, obtain voter registration information, or register to vote online, by visiting the City’s Elections webpage at  http://www.cityofsantamaria.org/city-government/departments/city-clerk-records/election-candidate-information.  Contact the City Clerk’s office at 925-0951 ext. 2307 for further information.

Additionally, information on County-wide ballot measures and candidates may be obtained from the County Elections office at 346-8370 or online at http://sbcvote.com/Elections/Elections.aspx.  Statewide topics are available through the Secretary of State at (916) 657-2166 or online at http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/.  The League of Women Voters also has a website with a wealth of information to advise voters on national, State, and local issues, at www.ca.lwv.org/.

After the close of the nomination period, the candidate’s names will be posted on the City’s website so voters will know who will be listed on the ballot.

Closer to the election, look for information in the local news media regarding Candidate’s Forums where you may meet local candidates and hear their positions on issues.  A well-informed voter makes better decisions on the candidates and issues on the ballot.  These officers will be governing the City for the next four years.  It is your responsibility to:

GET REGISTERED!

GET INFORMED!

GET OUT AND VOTE!

Questions may be directed to the Records/City Clerk Division, 925-0951 ext. 2307.

 

Department:                         City Manager’s Office, Records/City Clerk Division

Contact Person:                Rhonda Garietz, CMC, Chief Deputy City Clerk

Telephone Number:          (805) 925-0951 ext. 2307

E-mail Address:                  rgarietz@cityofsantamaria.org