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Elections

Claremont is a general law city governed by a five-member City Council. Terms of office for City Councilmembers are staggered, with three members elected at one election, and two the next. General municipal elections occur on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of even-numbered years.

As the local elections official, the City Clerk administers procedures through which City Councilmembers are elected. Additionally, the City Clerk’s office assists candidates, committees and voters before, during and after the election.

Sample ballots, election results, and campaign filings are available in our Document Archive.

VOTER INFORMATION NOTICE - GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION DATE CHANGE

Pursuant to Senate Bill 415, and City of Claremont Ordinance No. 2017-08, the date for the Claremont General Municipal Election has been changed from the first Tuesday after the first Monday in March of odd-numbered years to the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of even-numbered years, to coincide with the statewide general election.

The Reason for This Change

Senate Bill 415 requires local municipalities to hold their general municipal election on a statewide date, and have their elections be consolidated with the elections administered by the Los Angeles County Registrar Recorder/County Clerk.  The bill was enacted to encourage civic engagement in the democratic process and increase voter participation by synchronizing municipal elections with statewide elections.

Notice Pursuant to Elections Code Section 10403.5

  1. Beginning on November 6, 2018, City of Claremont General Municipal Elections shall be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of even-numbered years.

  2. The terms of office of incumbent City Councilmembers will each be reduced by four months, as follows:

    • City Councilmembers whose terms of office would otherwise have expired in March of 2019 shall now expire in November 2018 (Councilmembers Lyons, Nasiali, and Pedroza).

    • City Councilmembers whose terms of office would otherwise have expired in March 2021 shall now expire in November 2020 (Councilmembers Calaycay and Schroeder).

Next Election - November 6, 2018

The next Claremont General Municipal Election will be held on November 6, 2018, for three seats on the City Council. The regular nomination period for candidates for Member of the City Council for this election will begin on July 16, 2018 and continue through August 10, 2018. If an incumbent Councilmember does not file nomination papers during the regular period, nominations for candidates other than incumbent City Councilmembers will continue through August 15, 2018.   The vote by mail ballot period will be October 8 – October 30, 2018, and the last day to register to vote for this election will be October 22, 2018.

For more information or assistance, please contact the City Clerk’s office at (909) 399-5461 or (909) 399-5463.

Campaigns

The City Clerk serves as the local filing officer for the State of California, receiving all local candidate and campaign committee filings. Information, forms and manuals related to campaigns and committee formation are available on the Fair Political Practices Commission website.

Voter Registration

You may register to vote if you are:

  • A citizen of the United States
  • At least 18 years of age on or before Election Day

Voters must be registered 15 days prior to an election in order to vote in that election. Voter registration forms are available at City Hall and on the County of Los Angeles Registrar/Recorder website: www.lavote.net

For more information related to voter registration, including special provisions and restrictions, please visit www.lavote.net, or call the County Voter Information Division at (562) 466-1323.