Election & Voter Information

     
 

Election Information 

NOTICE OF ELECTION

 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a General Municipal Election will be held in the Town of Los Gatos on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, for the following purposes:
 

ELECTION OF OFFICERS
At the time and place set forth above the election will be held for the following officers:
 

Two (2) Members of the Town Council
 Full Term of Four (4) Years

 

Period for filing nomination papers: July 18, 2016 to 5:00 p.m. August 12, 2016. If any eligible incumbent does not file for re-election the extended nomination period runs until 5:00 p.m. August 17, 2016, for new candidates only.
 

If no one or only one person is nominated for each office the Council may appoint someone to the office.

The Polls will be open between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
  
 

Overview

The Municipal Elections are held in November of even numbered years. The elective officers of the Town consist of a Town Council made up of five Council Members who are elected in a non-partisan election. Elected officers serve "at large," representing the entire community, rather than a particular district. The Council Members are elected to four-year overlapping terms with no term limits. The Council selects the Mayor and Vice Mayor annually in November.

Requirements


Candidates must be registered to vote in the Town of Los Gatos at the time nomination papers are issued by the Office of the Town Clerk. To be a registered voter in the Town, one must reside in the incorporated area of the Town of Los Gatos and be a U.S. citizen 18 years of age or older. To ensure this qualification is met, the Office of the Town Clerk will verify voter registration status with the County of Santa Clara Elections Office before issuing nomination papers.

For more information on filing, please contact the Clerk Administrator at (408) 354-6834 or Clerk@LosGatosCA.gov and by referring to the Town of Los Gatos Candidate's Guide.
  

Filing Obligations


Candidates who intend to file nomination papers during the Nomination period may incur filing obligations prior to the Nomination period, pursuant to the Political Reform Act and Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) regulations.
 
The nomination period opens in early July of election years and appropriate papers to file and run for office may be obtained from the Town Clerk. Due to the magnitude of forms, schedules and timelines during an election period, potential candidates for office are encouraged to schedule an orientation meeting with the Town Clerk prior to the filing period. Potential candidates are required to gather twenty valid signatures of registered Los Gatos voters on a mandatory nomination form supplied by the Town Clerk. Candidates who wish to have a statement of their qualifications published in the sample ballot, which is mailed to all registered voters, must pay their prorated share of the publishing/printing costs.

Based on an established schedule, candidates must file statements reporting all campaign contributions and expenditures for the designated time period:

Form 501 Candidate Intentions Statement: Must be filed before soliciting or receiving any contributions, or before making expenditures on behalf of a candidacy.

Form 410 Statement of Organization of Recipient Committee: Must be filed within 10 days of receiving $2,000 in contributions.
 

Political Signs


The Los Gatos Zoning Ordinance, Chapter 29 of the Los Gatos Municipal Code, regulates signs in the Town. Los Gatos Political Sign and Solicitation Regulations.

No political sign shall be erected an unreasonable period of time in advance of the election or convention, and all persons who erect political signs or who own or control the premises where political signs are erected, are jointly and severally liable to remove such signs within ten (10) days after the election or convention to which the sign pertains. (Sec. 29.10.110(15)).

No Signs, political or otherwise are allowed:

  • Within the public right-of-way. (Sec. 29.10.125(9))
  • Obstructing the view of a traffic sign, signal, or device. (Sec. 29.10.115(7))
  • On any fence, pole tree, pavement, wall, bus stop, bench, or any other object in a public thoroughfare. (Sec. 29.10.115(9))

 

Voter Information

The Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters web site provides county-wide, on-line information about voter registration, candidates' statements, and ballot measures as well as a polling place look-up screen and a list of your current elected representatives. For more information, please visit www.sccvote.org or call (408) 299-VOTE (8683).

The Role of the Clerk Administrator


The Clerk Administrator/Elections Official oversees the election process, with particular emphasis on required candidate filings. This includes Nomination Papers, Statements of Economic Interest (also known as Conflict of Interest Statements), and Campaign Finance Disclosure forms. 

Other Links


National and State voting and election information may be found on the following websites:
Both sites post lists of candidates and election results during state and national elections.

Local voting and election information may be found at the Registrar of Voters.

Download the free SCCVOTE mobile App here.

Campaign Disclosure Statements and information can be found on the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) website.