General Municipal Election Information
Claremont is a General Law City governed by a five-member City Council. Claremont General Municipal Elections are conducted in November of even-numbered years and are consolidated with the County of Los Angeles. City Council Members are non-partisan positions, serve a four-year term, and do not have term limits. Terms are staggered, so that two seats are voted on during one election cycle and three seats during the next cycle.
In 2020, LA County will transition from polling places to vote centers. This new model will allow voters to cast a ballot at any vote center location in the County over an 11-day period. The Vote Center Placement Project's core mission is to identify and place accessible and convenient vote center locations throughout LA County. The first round of vote center placement analysis and community meetings produced a list of 2,000 potential vote center locations within LA County.
Claremont residents are invited to attend a community meeting to provide input and learn how the new vote centers will work. Claremont’s meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 22 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the University of La Verne Executive Dining Room (1950 Third Street, La Verne). There will be 34 community meetings over the next two months, and voters can attend any meeting. Each community meeting will include a presentation, take-home materials, and provide attendees the opportunity to ask questions. Click on the link below for a list all community meetings. For more information, please visit http://vsap.lavote.net/vote-center-placement-project/.
In February 2019, the City transitioned from at-large elections to a district-based election system. The by-district system divides the City into geographic areas. Voters will select a Council candidate from their district every four years.
Next Election Date
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November 3, 2020
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November 8, 2022
The City Council has adopted a Resolution establishing a policy of collaboration and citywide consideration for City Council representation of the community: Resolution 2019-19: Collaboration and Citywide Consideration Among City Councilmembers
Nomination Period for Candidate for City Council
Nomination papers are available in the office of the City Clerk located at 207 Harvard Avenue, during the regular business hours of 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, beginning not earlier than the 113th day nor later than the 88th day before the municipal election. Persons seeking nomination must be a resident and a registered voter at the time the nomination papers are issued, and continuously reside in the district. For more information, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at (909) 399-5461 or (909) 399-5463.
Campaign Forms and Reporting
The City Clerk serves as the local filing officer, receiving all local candidate and campaign committee filings. Information, including forms and manuals related to campaign fundraising, and reporting are available by visiting the Fair Political Practices Commission website at http://www.fppc.ca.gov/.
Past sample ballots, election results, and campaign filings are available in our Document Archive.
In order to register to vote, a person must be:
- A citizen of the United States.
- At least 18 years of age or older on or before Election Day.
- Not found mentally incompetent by a court of law.
- You are not:
- Serving a state prison term for a felony conviction in a County jail under contract between state and local officials.
- On parole/probation for a felony conviction as a condition of your release from prison/jail.
For questions about voter registration, please contact the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk at 12400 Imperial Highway, Norwalk, CA 90650, by visiting their website: www.lavote.net, or by calling (800) 815-2666.
You may register to vote online and also check your voter registration status: https://www.lavote.net/home/voting-elections/voter-registration/register-to-vote/register
Voter registration forms are available at Claremont City Hall in the City Clerk's Office located at 207 Harvard Avenue.
Election Conducted by LA County Registrar Recorder/County Clerk
For Election Day Information, including forms, your polling location, ballot questions, and election results, please visit www.lavote.net.
If you have questions, please contact the City Clerk’s Office:
- Shelley Desautels, City Clerk (909) 399-5461 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jamie Costanza, Deputy City Clerk (909) 399-5463 email@example.com
At Least 21 days before an election, each registered voter will receive a Voter Information Guide (sample ballot), which includes a notice of polling location on the back cover. Permanent vote-by-mail voters may disregard the application to receive a ballot. If a permanent vote-by-mail voter chooses to go to their polling location to vote on Election Day, they may surrender their vote-by-mail ballot, and vote in person. If you do not have a ballot to surrender, you will be asked to vote provisionally for your protection.
Permanent Vote-By-Mail Status
Applying to become a permanent vote-by-mail voter means you will automatically receive a vote-by-mail ballot for every election at which you are eligible to vote. You will no longer need to apply for a ballot each election.
Applying for a Vote-By-Mail Ballot for a Single Election
Printed vote-by-mail ballot applications can be found on the back cover of your Official Voter Information Guide. A letter request is also acceptable if it identifies the election for which a ballot is being requested, contains the voter’s name and signature, registered address and the mailing address for the ballot. The signature of each voter asking for a vote-by-mail ballot is required in order to compare to the voter signature on file. The voter must also sign the envelope containing the voted ballot.