March 5, 2019 General Election
ELECTION RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED 10/23/18:
R18-46 Requesting LA County Election Services for the March 5, 2019 Election
**THE NOMINATION PERIOD IS NOW CLOSED**
QUALIFIED CANDIDATES for March 5, 2019 Election:
- Betty Lin Peterson
- David McGowan
- Jennifer L. King
- Victoria A. Lozzi
- Kevin F. McCarthy
- Jeff Groves
- Michael Kemps
MARCH 5, 2019 GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION - FAST FACTS!
DATE OF ELECTION
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 Polls open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
This election will be conducted by Los Angeles County, who will print and mail the sample ballots, determine polling places and precinct officers, process absentee ballot applications, and conduct the tabulation (canvass) of the votes.
POSITIONS FOR ELECTION
City Council Three seats have terms that expire in November, 2022 (3-year, 8-month terms)
Councilmember Betty Lin Peterson (currently serving as Mayor)
Councilmember Jennifer L. King
Councilmember James D. Vandever
All candidates must be 18 years of age, a Citizen of the United States, and a registered voter residing within the Palos Verdes Estates city limits.
Opens: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 (Monday November 12th is a holiday, Veterans Day and City Hall will be closed)
Closes: Friday, December 7, 2018 at 5:00 pm, unless an incumbent does not file, then the period is extended to Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 5:00 pm.
NOMINATION PAPERS AND / OR CANDIDATES HANDBOOKS:
Will be available on the first day of the nomination period, Tuesday, November 13th. “Pulling” nomination papers will take approximately 30 minutes. All candidates are requested to make an appointment with the City Clerk to pull nomination papers, by calling (310) 750-9803.
There is no cost to “pull” nomination papers or receive a Candidates Handbook, which is provided free to all persons considering becoming a candidate.
Those candidates that chose to have a candidate statement printed in the sample ballot pay for the printing of that statement, which is estimated to be $500.
CAMPAIGN REPORTING REQUIREMENTS
The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) provides free, expert advice at their toll free number:
(866) ASK FPPC (275-3772)
or you may go to their website at: http://www.fppc.ca.gov
All campaign forms and most manuals and instructions are available on their website.
CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS
Regular City Council meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 7:30 p.m. (closed sessions start earlier and times vary). Special or adjourned City Council meetings may be held as needed.
Councilmembers are voluntary positions.
The Mayor is appointed every 12 months on a rotational basis by the City Council.
Palos Verdes Estates has an estimated 9,940 registered voters as of 9/25/2018
The FPPC (Fair Political Practices Commission) is a state commission that is responsible for informing, assisting, interpreting and enforcing the Political Reform Act. The purpose of the Political Reform Act is to promote fair elections and good government. Among other things, the Political reform Act requires certain public disclosures of campaign spending. With a City election quickly approaching in March of 2019, the City Clerk’s office emphasizes the importance of complying with all FPPC requirements, and filing forms correctly and timely. Campaign finance disclosures are required by the State (and enforced by the FPPC). More information about the requirements can be found here: http://www.fppc.ca.gov/learn/campaign-rules/where-and-when-to-file-campaign-statements/when-to-file-campaign-statements-state-local-filing-schedules.html. The law also requires certain disclosures on campaign literature.
Failure to comply with these filing forms and deadlines can result in prosecution and fines of up to $5,000 per violation. Recent violations, as an example, can be found here: http://www.fppc.ca.gov/content/dam/fppc/NS-Documents/MediaCenter/2018/enf-release-oct-2018
You may register to vote if you are:
A U.S. citizen; at least 16 years of age (to enable voting at the first election upon 18th birthday); not found mentally incompetent by a court of law, and not in prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony violation.
Voter Registration forms are available at: City Hall; Los Angeles County Clerk-Registrar/Recorder's Office (www.lavote.net); California Secretary of State's Office (www.sos.ca.gov); or post offices and local libraries.
Register to Vote HERE with the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.
Check your Voter Registration Status HERE.
Find your Polling Place HERE, for Los Angeles County's General Election on November 6, 2018.
Look up your Sample Ballot Booklet HERE, for Los Angeles County's General Election on November 6, 2018.
For more information on registering to vote you may want to visit the Secretary of State's Frequently Asked Questions.