Elections

City Elections Official


The City Clerk administers federal, state and local procedures through which local government representatives are selected. The Clerk assists candidates in meeting their legal responsibilities before, during, and after an election. From Election pre-planning to certification of election results and filing of final campaign disclosure documents, the City Clerk manages the process, which forms the foundation of our democratic system of government. Contact City Clerk Irma Torrez for questions.

Overview

The City of Morgan Hill uses the services of the County of Santa Clara Registrar of Voters' Office to consolidate local elections. This results in a significant cost savings to the citizens of Morgan Hill. Regular elections are held in the City of Morgan Hill on the 1st Tuesday after the 1st Monday in November of even-numbered years. Special elections may be called by the City Council and are held on dates as set forth in the California Elections Code.

Nomination Period for November 8, 2016 Municipal Election

The nomination period to run for Morgan Hill Mayor, City Council Member (2 seats), City Treasurer, and City Clerk, opens Monday, July 18, 2016 and closes Friday, August 12, 2016. If 1 or more of the incumbents does not file by August 12, 2016, the nomination period will be extended for 5 days, until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 17, 2016. 

The incumbent(s) cannot file during this extension period. Candidates may pick up nomination packets during the nomination period from the City Clerk Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. by appointment. The City Clerk’s Office is located at 17575 Peak Avenue, Morgan Hill, CA. For further information or to schedule an appointment, please contact City Clerk Irma Torrez at 408-776-7380.

Requirements

Anyone who is 18 years of age and who is a resident and registered voter in the City of Morgan Hill may run for Mayor, Council Members, City Treasure or City Clerk.

Potential candidates are required to gather twenty valid signatures of registered Morgan Hill voters on a mandatory nomination form supplied by the City Clerk

Based on an established schedule, candidates must file statements reporting all campaign contributions and expenditures for the designated time period. These reports are available online and in the City Clerk's Office for public review. 

Terms

In Morgan Hill, the Mayor is directly-elected to serve a 2 year term. Council members are elected to serve 4 year terms. The City Clerk and the City Treasurer are elected to serve 4 year terms.

Candidate Statement

Candidates who wish to have a statement of their qualifications published in the sample ballot, which is mailed to all registered votes, must pay half of the printing/publishing cost based on the estimated cost provided by the Registrar of Voters at the time the statement is filed with the elections official.  If the actual costs are more than the estimated costs, the candidate will be required to pay the difference. If the cost is less than the estimated costs, the difference will be refunded to the candidate. The actual costs will not be determined until after the election.

Candidates that claim to be indigent may submit an application for a waiver of the costs to prepare a Statement.  Such candidates must submit to the City Clerk, a Waiver of Candidate Statement Deposit Form, Statement of Financial Worth Form, and a copy of their most recent federal income tax report to determine their eligibility. The City Clerk shall make a determination of finding regarding the candidate's indigence. The guidelines established by the federal Housing and Urban Development Department for Santa Clara County are used to determine eligibility.  The City will set the standard for determining indigence as the amount set in these guidelines for extremely low income. If a candidate is determined to be indigent, the City shall bear the full cost of the Statement. If it is determined that a candidate is not indigent, the candidate shall withdraw the statement or pay the requisite fee. 


Campaign Contributions


The City does not have campaign contributions limits.

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