Local Elections Official
The City Clerk serves as the local elections official and coordinates with the County of Lake in conducting Municipal Elections. City elections are consolidated with regular County and State elections. Duties of the City Elections Official include preparation of necessary resolutions calling for General and Special Municipal Elections; coordination of the candidate nomination process, receipt and processing of initiative, referendum, and recall petitions, and declaring election results.
Register to Vote
You may register to vote if you are currently a United States Citizen, will be at least 18 years of age at the time of the next election, and are not in prison or on parole for a felony violation. The registration deadline is 15 days before an election to qualify to vote in that election.
Additional Voting Information:
County of Lake, Office of Registrar of Voters
California Secretary of State
Fair Political Practices Commission
California campaign finance disclosure law (Government Code Section 81000, also known as the California Political Reform Act) requires local elected officeholders, candidates for local elected offices, and committees in support or opposed of a local candidate, campaign or measure to file their campaign disclosure reports with the City Clerk at specified intervals.
The City Clerk’s Office is the official filing officer for campaign disclosure statements related to elections for the City of Lakeport and local City ballot and initiative measures. Additional information regarding Campaign Finance Reporting is available on the website of the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC).
Political Reform Act Campaign Disclosure Requirements and Filings
Beginning January 1, 2021, AB2151 requires campaign statements and reports to be posted online within 72 hours of each applicable filing deadline. If the final day of the 72-hour period is a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, the period is extended to the next day that is not a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday.
Pursuant to California Government Code Section 84615(f): Campaign Financial Statements. The data made available on the Internet shall not contain the street name and building number of the persons or entity representatives listed on the electronically filed forms or any bank account number required to be disclosed by the filer. The local filing officer shall make a complete, unredacted copy of any statement, report, or other document filed pursuant to this section, including any street names, building numbers, and bank account numbers disclosed by the filer, available to any person upon request.
There are many different forms that elected officials and candidates may be required to submit depending on their campaign finance participation including:
Candidate Intention (Form 501)
Committee Information for campaigns receiving over $2,000 (Form 410)
Committee Information for campaigns receiving less than $2,000 (Form 470)
Semi-Annual, and Pre-Election Campaign Statements (Form 460)
24-Hour Independent Expenditure Report (Form 496)
24-Hour Contribution Report (Form 497)
Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700)
2020 ELECTION INFORMATION
The November 3, 2020 Ballot will include the following:
- Election of three Councilmembers for four-year terms
|CITY OF LAKEPORT
2020 CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE LIST
|Kenneth "Kenny" Parlet||Incumbent|
|Nathan Maxman|| Auditor-Appraiser,
County of Mendocino
|Michael S. Green|| Planning Commissioner,
City of Lakeport
|Michael Froio||General Contractor|
Per Governor Newsom’s Executive Order and Assembly Bill 423, every active, registered voter will be mailed a ballot for the November 3, 2020 General Election. This is part of California’s response to the COVID-19 Pandemic by providing every voter a safe, secure option for casting their ballot.
Every vote-by-mail ballot comes with a first-class postage paid return envelope. California has extended the time for completed vote-by-mail ballots to arrive back to county elections officials. Completed vote-by-mail ballots will be processed and counted as long as they are postmarked on or before Election Day and received by county elections officials no later than November 20, 2020.
Voters can also return their completed vote-by-mail ballots to any ballot drop box, voting location, or county elections office.
Partnership between Elections Officials and USPS
- Elections officials and the USPS have regular meetings to prepare for the General Election. If any issues are identified with vote-by-mail ballots, USPS is contacted immediately.
- County elections officials work closely with the USPS to review and approve the design of vote-by-mail envelopes and other election mail pieces to ensure machine compatibility and the seamless delivery and return of ballots.
- Ballots featured the postal service’s Official Election Mail Logo that allows postal workers and letter carriers to recognize it as essential election mail.
- USPS also conduct daily sweeps of processing areas and require staff to certify no unprocessed ballot mail remains.
- Click here to view the Secretary of State’s USPS FAQs
What Voters Can do to Prepare for the November 3, 2020 General Election
Voters are encouraged to take the following steps:
- Sign-up for vote-by-mail ballot tracking at WheresMyBallot.sos.ca.gov. Voters who sign-up will receive automated notifications about their vote-by-mail ballots by email, text (SMS), or voice call.
- Make a plan for voting. With the COVID-19 pandemic, voters are encouraged to vote early this year, and vote-by-mail if possible. Social distancing and other health guidelines may lead to longer than normal lines on Election Day.
- Make sure they sign and date the back of their vote-by-mail ballot return envelopes. Every voter’s signature on the vote-by-mail ballot return envelope is compared against the voter’s registration record. If a signature is missing or does not match the registration record, elections officials will reach out to the voter. If the voter does not respond and provide a missing/corrected signature, the ballot will not count.
Nomination Period - July 13, 2020 to August 7, 2020
In accordance with CA Elections Code Sections 10220-10230, this is the period when individuals officially receive, circulate and file nomination papers for candidacy.
During this time, Nomination Papers may be issued by the City Clerk to any eligible candidate during regular business hours. Individuals are considered “official” candidates upon the submission and qualification of Nomination Papers.
The nomination period for candidates opens at 8:00 a.m. on July 13, 2020 and closes at 5:00 p.m. on August 6, 2020. If an incumbent fails to submit nomination papers by this deadline, non-incumbent candidates will have until 5:00 p.m. on August 12, 2020 to file nomination papers.
Candidates are encouraged to contact the City Clerk to schedule an appointment to take out and/or file nomination papers. The City Clerk will begin to schedule appointments not earlier than July 1, 2020. Appointments can be made by contacting the City Clerk’s Office at 707-263-5615 x102 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional information about the General Municipal Election, including candidate and voter assistance information will be posted to the website as it becomes available throughout the election season.