The City holds regular elections for Mayor and Council Members on the 2nd Tuesday of April in even-numbered years. In addition, special elections are held when called by the City Council.
The next regular election will take place on Tuesday, April 10, 2018. It will be held to elect the first Council Members for Districts 2 and 4 for four-year terms and elect a Mayor for a two-year term.
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The election is expected to be called in November 2017 and Candidate Handbooks will be available in mid-December. The City Clerk-Treasurer will issue nomination papers to potential candidates and guide candidates through the election process.
The first step in the regular election process is forming a Voting Rights Act Advisory Group to advise the City on effectively providing election materials, information, and assistance to limited English proficient voters. In addition, Advisory Group members and their organizations help disseminate election information and encourage participation in City elections. Anyone with an interest in serving on this committee is invited to call the City at (562) 567-9854.
The City Clerk-Treasurer Department mails sample ballot pamphlets containing a list of qualified candidates and candidates’ statements of qualifications, and polling place information, to all registered City voters. This department also issues ballots to mail ballot voters.
After the Election results are final, on the 4th Tuesday in April, the City Clerk-Treasurer administers the oath of office to each elected official and presents them with a Certificate of Election. One of the first orders of business of the newly seated City Council is electing a Mayor Pro Tem.
Voter registration is available from the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk at http://www.lavote.net/ or by calling 1-800-815-2666. Voter registration forms can also be picked up from City Hall, Whittier Libraries, and post offices; or you can register on-line at http://registertovote.ca.gov/.
2016 General Municipal Election – Official Results Resolution
2016 General Municipal Election – Certificate of Canvass (excel)
2016 General Municipal Election – Results Compilation Report (excel)
2014 General Municipal Election - Official Results Resolution
2014 General Municipal Election results spreadsheet