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2018 Elections

INFORMATION FOR THE June 5, 2018 MUNICIPAL ELECTION

Pursuant to the Sacramento City Charter, City Council members shall serve four-year terms, with term expiration staggered. In 2018, the terms for Council Districts 1, 3, 5, and 7 will expire. On November 28, 2017, the City Council will call for a June 5, 2018 Municipal Election for the purpose of electing members to these seats.

IMPORTANT DATES

Action/Description

Date

City of Sacramento to Call 2018 Election

11/28/17

Open of Nomination Period

02/12/18

Close of Nomination Period

03/09/18

Close of Extended Nomination Period

(for districts where the incumbent does not file)

03/14/18

Late campaign contribution reporting period (within 24 hours)

03/07/18 – 06/05/18

Secretary of State Holds Random Alpha Drawing

03/15/18

Open of Write-in Nomination Period

04/09/18

Close of Write-in Nomination Period

05/22/18

Last day to register to vote

06/05/18

ElectioDay

06/05/18

Semi-Official Results Available

06/09/18

CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS

In order to run for elective office in the City of Sacramento, a candidate must be at least 18 years of age, a citizen of the United States, a resident of the state of California, and must be a resident of and registered voter within the district they seek to represent. Voter registration and residence must be for not less than 30 days preceding the date of filing nomination documents. Voter registration will be verified through the Sacramento County voter registration files prior to the issuance of nomination documents. Residency status must be maintained during the term of office.

NOMINATION PERIOD

Pursuant to Elections Code, the nomination period will begin on Monday February 12, 2018 and will end on Friday March 9, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. The Office of the City Clerk is closed on Monday, February 19, 2018 in observance of President’s Day. The Office of the City Clerk may only issue and accept official nomination documents during this period and during regular business hours of Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There is no filing fee for the issuance of nomination documents. if the incumbent of a district seat does not file by the deadline, the nomination period will be extended (for that district only) to March 14, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. The incumbent may not file during this time.

 The Nomination Petition is used by the candidate to obtain no less than 20, and not more than 30 signatures of valid registered voters in the district they seek to represent. This is required for qualification for placement on the ballot. In addition to the petition, nomination documents filed with the Office of the City Clerk include the Ballot Designation Worksheet, Statement of Economic Interest Form 700, Candidate Statement, Biographical Form, and Code of Fair Campaign Practices.

 RESULTS

In order to be successful in the June 5, 2018 Municipal Election, one candidate must receive a majority of votes cast in that candidate’s particular district.  If one candidate does not win a majority (50% plus 1) of the votes cast, the top-two vote receivers will be placed on the November 6, 2018 ballot for a run-off.  The candidate receiving the highest number of votes in the run-off will be elected. The ballots will be canvassed by the Sacramento County Office of Voter Registration and Elections and certified by the City of Sacramento.  Upon receipt of the election certification, the Sacramento City Council will adopt the results by resolution.  Successful candidates will be sworn in to office in December 2018.

 CAMPAIGN REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

All candidates are required to file some level of campaign disclosure documents and/or reports. These documents are required by California Government Code and provide the public with details on who contributes money or items to a candidates campaign, and how the candidate spends that money. Candidates who plan to raise and/or spend in excess of $2,000 must form a campaign committee. In addition, an individual or group of individuals who support or oppose a candidate or a measure, and meet the $2,000 threshold, must form a campaign committee.

The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) website provides detailed information regarding campaign reporting requirements, including campaign manuals and forms, at http://www.fppc.ca.gov/learn/campaign-rules.html.  

In addition to the state requirement to file an original signed statement, the City of Sacramento requires electronic filing of all campaign statements. All statements filed are available to the public online at http://static.netfile.com/agency/sac/.

FILING SCHEDULES

Committees involved with candidates or measures for the June Municipal Election are required to file the following campaign statements:

Filing Deadline

Type of Statement

Period Covered

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Semi-Annual (Form 460)

07/01/17-12/31/17*

Thursday, April 26, 2018

1st Pre-Election (Form 460)

01/01/18-04/21/18

Within 24 Hours

Late Contributions/ Independent Expenditures (Form 496 & 497)

03/07/18-06/05/18

Thursday, May 24, 2018

2nd Pre-Election (Form 460)

04/22/18-05/19/18

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Semi-Annual (Form 460)

05/20/18-06/30/18

* For the first statement filed by a new committee, the filing period begins January 1.

 Committees involved with candidates or measures for the November General Election will have additional filing requirements. Please visit the City Clerk’s website for more information.

 LOCAL CAMPAIGN FINANCE REGULATIONS

The City of Sacramento has adopted local campaign finance regulations. These regulations provide for public campaign financing (also referred to as matching funds), restrict spending and place limits on contributions. Due to budget constraints, the Campaign Reform Fund has not funded for 2018. Therefore, public financing is not available. However, provisions pertaining to contribution limits remain in effect. City Code limits the amount a candidate may accept from a single source during an election period. If the source is a registered Large Political Committee (LPC), the limits are higher as shown below:

Recipient

Contributor

Limit Per Election

Member (or Candidate)

 

 

Person

$ 1,650.00

Large Political Committee

 

$ 5,600.00

 

Mayor (or Candidate)

Person

$ 3,350.00

Large Political Committee

$ 11,150.00

 Additional information regarding LPC’s can be found on the City Clerk’s website, including a list of current registered committees.

Candidates are encouraged to review the full text of City Code sections 2.13 and 2.14 to ensure compliance with all provisions. This is available on the City’s website at http://qcode.us/codes/sacramento/.

PUBLIC INFORMATION

Election information is available on the City Clerk’s website. Information on candidates and candidate filings will be updated regularly throughout the nomination period. Information and documentation will be available on the City Clerk’s Candidate information page. Candidate statements are confidential until one working day following the filing deadline. 

 

Measures & Initiatives

Please see our Measure page for information on any upcoming measures. 

Need Assistance or have questions?

For additional information on the upcoming election such as election results, polling place look-up, and to confirm voter registration status visit our Election Links page.

We are happy to assist you. If you have additional questions please contact us via email at clerk@cityofsacramento.org or by phone at (916) 808-7200.