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Can an individual run for Mayor and a Council seat?

An individual can run for only one City of Whittier elected office at a time. However, a person serving as a Council Member may run for Mayor or a district Council seat and a person serving as Mayor can run for a Council position.



Can incumbent Council Members run for Mayor?

Yes. Any incumbent Council Member can run for Mayor even if their term will not be completed by the date of the election.



Can someone deliver my nomination paper to the City Clerk for me?

Yes. Please be sure that all forms are properly completed. If there are any questions on any form or they are not completed properly, your nomination paper may not be accepted.



How do I become a registered voter in Whittier?

Any person who is at least 18 years of age on Election Day, a citizen of the United States, or a naturalized citizen, and a resident of the City of Whittier can register to vote with the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk by filling out a Voter Registration Form.

If you move, change your name, or wish to change your political party affiliation, you must re-register to vote. You must be registered to vote at least 15 days before an election to be eligible to vote in that election. (NOTE: AB 1436 may allow registration up to and including the date of election if certain requirements are met.) Registration Forms are available at Whittier City Hall, US Post Offices, or online at www.lavote.net.



How often does the City Council meet?

The City Council holds its regular meetings on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Other adjourned or special meetings are scheduled as City business necessitates. These meetings are open to the public.



If I submit a voluntary candidate's statement and I change my mind, may I withdraw the statement?

The candidate’s statement may be withdrawn but not changed until 5:00 p.m. the business day following the close of the nomination period.



Is the City Council position paid?

Yes. Councilmembers receive a monthly stipend. In addition, Councilmembers are eligible to receive some benefits. A complete list of compensative benefits is available from the Human Resources Department.



Is there a fee for my candidate's statement?

Yes. The fee covers the cost of printing your statement in the Sample Ballot. The total for council candidates is $475 and for mayoral candidates, the total is $975.



Is there a filing fee involved for my candidacy?

No. The governing body has the discretion to establish a filing fee, and the City of Whittier has not done so. The City provides equal opportunity for all candidates to fully participate by not charging a filing fee.



May I change or correct the wording or spelling on my candidate's statement after submission?
No. Check your candidate’s statement carefully before submitting it, as it will be printed exactly as submitted.

What are the eligibility requirements to run for Whittier City Council?

To hold any elective office within the City of Whittier, a person must be a United States citizen, 18 years of age or older, and be a registered voter of the City of Whittier at the time the nomination paper is issued. To run for a district seat, a candidate must reside in that district by the filing deadline. The City Clerk will not issue a nomination paper if the candidate is not a registered voter. (California Elections Code Section 201.)

If an elected official moves his or her place of residence outside of the City limits or ceases to be an elector of the City during his or her term of office, the office of that elected official shall immediately become vacant. (California Government Code Section 36502.)



What district do I live in?

Enter your address and find your council district number.




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What happens if I change my mind about running for office after filing the nomination paper?

You may withdraw as a candidate at any time prior to the close of the nomination period. After that date, you may not withdraw, and your name will appear on the ballot.



What if some of the signatures I obtain on my nomination paper are not registered voters or do not live within the City limits?

These signatures will not be counted toward the 20 signatures required for you to run for office. The City Clerk must verify the signatures on all nomination papers, so file your nomination paper early to avoid this problem. If you wait until the last day of the filing period to file and any sponsor signature, for any reason, is insufficient, it will not be counted toward the required signatures and you may not qualify as a candidate. If you file early, there will be time to check the signatures and notify you of any discrepancies, and you will then have an opportunity to circulate and submit a supplemental nomination paper.



What is the deadline for registering to vote?

The deadline to register to vote is 15 days before an election.



Where can I call for more information and will they speak Spanish?

For additional information, contact the City Clerk’s Office at (562)567-9854.  English and Spanish staff members are available during business hours and the City contracts for professional interpreter assistance in over 100 additional languages.



Where can I get a copy of the voting districts map?

Voting districts map are available on the City’s website and from the City Clerk Department at City Hall, 13230 Penn Street, Whittier.



Where can I obtain information on elections?

To determine your polling place or to obtain voter information, visit the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk website at: http://www.lavote.net/.



Who can sign my nomination paper?

For Mayoral candidates, any registered voter in the City of Whittier may sign your nomination paper.

For Council Member candidates, only registered voters that reside in your district may sign your nomination paper.

Candidate and/or their circulator may sign their own nomination paper. No voter may sign more than one nomination paper for the same office. If the voter does so, the voter’s signature shall count only on the first nomination paper filed that contains the voter’s signature. Each seat on the governing board is a separate office. Your nomination paper must contain at least 20 and not more than 30 signatures; a minimum of 20 must be verified for your nomination to be valid.



Why is Whittier now voting by districts?

In June 2014, Whittier voters approved a change from citywide voting to by-district voting for four council districts and citywide voting for the Mayor. District boundaries were set with expert assistance to adhere to state law and after community input on what neighborhoods should stay together.