Santa Clara City

2017 Election Information

MUNICIPAL ELECTION: The Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.  The polls will be open between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
A Primary Election (if necessary) will be held on Tuesday August 15, 2017.


VACANCIES IN OFFICE TO BE FILLED
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Vacancies in office to be filled are as follows:

Mayor                                                                     Four-Year Term
Council member At-Large                                       Four-Year Term
Council member At-Large                                       Four-Year Term


QUALIFICATIONS FOR A CANDIDATE
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  1. Be a United States citizen at time of filing.
  2. Be a registered voter of the municipality.
  3. Be a resident of the municipality for a period of 365 consecutive days immediately preceding the date of the election.
  4. Any mentally incompetent person, any person convicted of a felony, or any person convicted of treason or a crime against the elective franchise may not hold office in this State until the right to vote or hold elective office has been restored.
  5. Must file a Declaration of Candidacy in person with the City Recorder within the filing deadline. Any resident of the municipality may file a Nomination Petition within the filing deadline, to nominate a person to become a candidate for municipal office. During this filing, they must state whether they meet all the constitutional and statutory qualification requirements for municipal office.


TO FILE FOR OFFICE
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Each person seeking to become a candidate for a municipal office shall file a Declaration of Candidacy in person with the City Recorder during regular office hours filing period begins, June 1, 2017 and ends June 7, 2017.


WRITE-IN CANDIDATES
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To become a valid write-in candidate, a person must file, in person, a Declaration of Candidacy form with the appropriate filing officer on or before September 8, 2017.  The candidate must also qualify all the requirements of the office.


FILING DEADLINE
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Candidates: Monday, June 7, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
Write-in Candidates: Friday, September 8, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.


TO NOMINATE A PERSON FOR OFFICE
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Obtain from the City Recorder’s Office a Nominating Petition form.  Fill out the form in its entirety, obtain the necessary signatures as outlined on the form, and submit to the City Recorder prior to the deadline of June 7, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.


CAMPAIGN FINANCIAL REPORTS
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Municipal Office Candidates are required to file campaign financial reports with the City Recorder seven (7) days before the Municipal Election and thirty (30) days after the Primary and/or Municipal Election.  These reports must be posted by the City Recorder on either the city website at sccity.com or the state website at www.disclosures.utah.gov.


CANDIDATES – DEADLINE TO PROVIDE INFORMATION FOR STATEWIDE UTAH STATEWIDE ELECTRONIC VOTER INFORMATION WEBSITE:
Candidates who wish to, may provide their biographical information, contact information and a 200 words qualifying statement to the election Officer on/before the deadline of Monday July 3, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.  on the web site. http://www.elections.utah.gov/website.form.doc and also attached to this document. (See Utah Code 20A-7-801 or copy attached to this document)

Submit forms by e-mail to elections@utah.gov. or by fax to (801) 538-1133, by mail to Office of the Lieutenant Govenor, P.O.Box 142325, Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-2325 or in person at the State Capital, Suite 220. Call the Office of the Lieutenant Governor at 1-800-995-VOTE (8683) or 801-538-1041 with any questions.


ELECTION SIGNS
: (Taken from City of Santa Clara Municipal Code)
Temporary signs: Temporary signage has a place in the community for specialized purposes, such as announcing properties for sale or lease, construction activities, temporary sales and campaign signs of a non-commercial nature. Temporary signs are installed on a property but are not a part of the permanent land use on the property and are not intended to be displayed for a long period of time. However, a temporary sign must be well maintained at all times or it may be subject to removal or cited as a violation of this chapter.

  1. Temporary signs are permitted in any zone.
  2. Temporary signs shall not exceed six (6) square feet in area. The height of a temporary sign, including structural supports, shall not exceed four (4) feet.
  3. Temporary signs are permitted in any zone, provided they are located a minimum of two (2) feet behind the property line unless otherwise approved because of topographic conditions. Only one temporary sign is permitted on any one parcel of property, except that for sixty (60) days preceding a general. Local government or special election, up to three (3) temporary signs may be placed on any one parcel of property, all of which must comply with the size, color and placement standards of this title.
  4. Temporary signs may be approved by the building department for a specific, limited time. Any request for extensions shall be approved by the Planning Commission.

Further questions should be addressed to the City Building Official at 435- 619-3921.

Election signs may not be located within 150 feet of the building housing any polling place on Election Day. (Utah Code 20A-3-501)


ELIGIBILITY FOR REGISTRATION TO VOTE
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In order to vote, you must (1) be a United States citizen; (2) be a resident of Utah for at least 30 days immediately before the next election; (3) be at least 18 years old by the next election; and (4) your principal place of residence is in a specific voting district in Utah, (5) a person who has been convicted of a felony whose right to vote has not been restored as provided by law may not register to vote while incarcerated.

  1. VOTER REGISTRATION: Qualified persons may register with the Washington County Clerk any time the clerk’s office is open. October 8, 2017 is the last day a new resident can establish a 30-day voting residence for the November 7, 2017 election.
  2. VALID VOTER ID REQUIRED: State law now requires voters to present Valid Voter Identification when voting at the polls on Election Day or when using the early voting option. Valid Voter ID means a form of identification that bears the name, current address and photograph of the voter.
  3. EARLY VOTING: Early voting shall be conducted the two (2) preceding weeks before each election. Early voting shall begin on the day that is 14 days before the date of the election and continue to the Friday just prior to the election. Early voting will take place in the Administrative Office at the Santa Clara Town Hall at 2603 Santa Clara Drive.


APPLICATIONS FOR ABSENTEE BALLOTS FOR PRIMARY & MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS
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The last day the City Recorder can accept applications for an absent-voter ballot for everyone to be mailed to the applicant for a Primary Election is July 25, 2017.

  1. ABSENTEE BALLOTS: A valid absent-voter ballot is one received by the close of the polls on Election Day OR one clearly postmarked before Election Day and received before noon on the day of the official canvass. Registered voters may apply for and vote a November absent-voter ballot at the office of the Municipal Recorder on/before November 2, 2017. A person who is hospitalized or otherwise confined in a medical or long-term institution after the filing deadline may vote an absentee ballot on Election Day.
  2. POLLING PLACES:
    Districts 1 & 2: Santa Clara City Office 2603 Santa Clara Drive Santa Clara  UT
    Districts 3 & 4: Santa Clara City Office 2603 Santa Clara Drive Santa Clara  UT

ALL VOTERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO PRESENT VALID VOTER IDENTIFICATION WHEN VOTING AT THE POLLS ON ELECTION DAY OR USING THE EARLY VOTING OPTION.

(“Valid voter identification” is defined in Utah Code 20A-1-102)

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