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July 1, 2009 > Newark General Municipal Election

Newark General Municipal Election

By Meenu Gupta

At the Newark City Council meeting on June 25, notice was given for the city's next General Municipal Election which will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2009. A Mayor will be elected for a two-year term and two Council Members will be elected for four-year terms.

Candidates may file nomination papers from July 13, 2009, through August 7, 2009, which is the City's scheduled closed Friday. Although closed for all routine business, the City Clerk's office will be open on August 7 for the purpose of issuing and accepting nomination papers.

Should an incumbent fail to file, then the nomination period will extend to August 15, 2009 for that incumbent's elective office. The incumbent who did not file is not eligible to file during the extended period.

The Alameda County Registrar of Voters (ROV) establishes polling places, secures precinct workers, prepares sample and official ballots, provides absentee voting, and tabulates the votes. In order for the ROV to render these services, the City must adopt a resolution requesting the services of the ROV through the Alameda County Board of Supervisors.

The Registrar's estimate for election services is between $5.00 and $7.00 per registered voter. Based on Newark's current voter registration of 19,027, the estimated cost for the November 3, 2009, election will be between $95,135 and $133,189, plus other publication printing, translation, and supply costs borne directly by the City. Funds to cover the services provided by the County were estimated to be $88,000, based on the 2007 invoice, and are included in the FY 2009-10 budget.

Should the cost of the election exceed the current budget of $88,000, staff will request additional funds. The City Council, by a unanimous motion, approved the estimated cost of $600 to be paid by each candidate at the time nomination papers are filed for his/her Statement of Qualifications.

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