Election & Voter Information

The City of La Puente’s next General Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2022, for the following offices:

* Two (2) Members of the City Council for full terms of 4 years

* One (1) Member of the City Council for an unexpired term ending in 2024


How many City Council seats will be open in this election?

* Two (2) Members of the City Council for full terms of 4 years.

* One (1) Member of the City Council for an unexpired term ending in 2024.

Can a candidate run for a four-year term AND the unexpired two-year term?

No.  A candidate cannot file nomination papers for more than one municipal office or term of office for the same municipality in the same election.  (Elec. Code, § 10220.5.)  

What are the eligibility requirements for running for City Council?

In order to hold an elective office within the City of La Puente a person must be registered to vote and live within the jurisdiction of the City at the time nomination papers are issued.  Nomination papers will not be issued to a candidate who is not a registered voter or a resident of the City.  (Elec. Code, § 201.)

Who is responsible for conducting the La Puente Municipal Election?

The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk conducts elections for the City.  The La Puente City Clerk, as the Elections Official, handles election pre-planning, issues nomination papers, certifies the election results and is the filing officer for campaign disclosure documents.

How much are Council Members compensated?

Council Members are currently paid $536 per month, plus benefits.

How do I obtain nomination papers for the election?

The La Puente City Clerk issues the required forms to run for office.  The nomination period begins on July 18, 2022, and ends on August 12, 2022, at 4:30 p.m. 

Is there a fee to file nomination papers?

There is no cost to be issued nomination papers.  There is a $25 fee for filing nomination papers, due at the time nomination papers are filed.  A candidate wishing to file a Petition in Lieu of the $25 filing fee must comply with the applicable provisions of the Elections Code.  (Elec. Code, § 8106; Municipal Code, § 2.32.030.) 

Who can sign my nomination paper?

Any registered voter in the jurisdiction of the City of La Puente may sign a nomination paper, including the candidate and the circulator.  Keep in mind:

* Your nomination paper must contain at least 20 and not more than 30 signatures. 

* A minimum of 20 signatures must be verified for your nomination to be valid. 

* Only the signatures of registered voters who live within La Puente city limits will be counted toward the 20 signatures required for you to run for office. 

* File your nomination papers early so there will be time to verify the signatures and notify you of any insufficiencies.  That will give you time to circulate a supplemental nomination paper to obtain additional signatures in order to qualify you as a candidate, if necessary.

Is there a cost to file a candidate statement?

Yes, however, the filing of a candidate statement is optional.  If you choose to file a candidate statement, a deposit is due at the time you file your nomination papers.  If the actual cost is less than the deposit, the difference will be refunded to you.  If the actual cost is more than the deposit, you will be required to pay the difference.

May I change or correct the spelling/wording on my candidate statement after it has been submitted?

No, you may not.  Your candidate statement will be printed exactly as submitted.  Your statement can be withdrawn but not changed during the nomination period and until 5:00 p.m. of the next working day following the close of the nomination period.  (Elec. Code, § 13307.)

What if I change my mind about being a candidate after filing my nomination papers?

You may withdraw as a candidate at any time PRIOR to the close of the nomination period.  You are not permitted to withdraw after that date, and your name will appear on the ballot.  

When will I be informed of my candidate qualification status?

You will be informed in writing once the signatures on your nomination papers are verified by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.  File your nomination papers early as the signature verification process may take several days.

When will the final list of candidates be made available to the public? 

The final list of candidates appearing on the ballot will be made available to the public and filed with the County no later than 81 days prior to the election.  (Elec. Code, § 10403.)

Does the City of La Puente have campaign contribution limits?

Yes. In March 2021, the City Council adopted an ordinance setting the local contribution limit at the State of California contribution limit.  Information on the current limit can be found on the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) website at www.fppc.ca.gov.  (Municipal Code, § 2.32.040.)

How do I obtain election information such as calendars, voter registration or vote center information?

The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk provides information including election calendars, candidate and measure information, election guides, election worker information, voter registration, vote center locations, and much more.  Contact the Election Information Section at 800-481-8683 or visit the County’s website at www.lavote.net.

How can I find out the election results?

All results will be released by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s Office.  Semi-final election results will be continuously updated and displayed on the County’s website, www.lavote.net, throughout election night and during the official canvass process.  The County has 28 days following the date of the election to complete the canvass.  (Elec. Code, §§ 10262, 10263.)

When will the newly elected Council Members take office and Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem be selected?

The newly elected Council Members will take office, and the Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem selected, at the same meeting at which the City Council certifies the results of the election.  (Elec. Code, §§ 10262, 10263; Gov. Code, § 36801; Municipal Code, § 2.04.090.)

You can register to vote and vote if you are: (1) a United States citizen and a resident of California; (2) 18 years old or older on Election Day; and (3) not currently in state or federal prison. 

You may register or re-register to vote at any time. To be eligible to vote in an election, you must have registered 15 days before Election Day.  Register for the first time, check your registration status or get more information on voter registration by CLICKING HERE

Vote by Mail:  Vote in the safety of your home by returning your Vote by Mail ballot.  All registered voters in Los Angeles County will be mailed a Vote by Mail ballot no later than 29 days prior to Election Day.

Vote in Person:  Voters in Los Angeles County have the option to cast their ballot in-person at any Vote Center.  Vote Centers provide modern features to make voting safe, easy, and convenient. Vote Centers also serve as a Vote by Mail Ballot Drop Box location – no need to wait, simply drop off your voted ballot at the front.

Find your nearest ballot drop box, Vote Center, or get more information on your voting options by CLICKING HERE.

Election Workers play an essential role in elections and in our democracy. They are trusted community members who assist with the in-person voting experience throughout Los Angeles County.

Interested in serving your community? Bilingual Election Workers are highly needed! Apply by CLICKING HERE.

The City of La Puente has adopted the State of California’s campaign contribution limits.  To read the City’s ordinance setting contribution limits, click here.

For current limits, please visit the FPPC website at  https://www.fppc.ca.gov/learn/campaign-rules/state-contribution-limits.html. Please note these limits are subject to change.

La Puente Municipal Code section 10.34.080E sets forth the regulations regarding the placement and removal of political signs, otherwise referred to as “Non-Commercial Signs”:

Political sign rules to explain what is allow and what is prohibited.

The City will enforce all sign regulations.  Any signs that are placed in violation of State or local codes will be removed immediately and will be stored.  Candidates will be notified of the removal and will have ten (10) business days to retrieve their signs before they are destroyed.

CONTACT INFORMATION

City Hall:

15900 E. Main Street

La Puente, CA 91744

626-855-1500

Community Center:

501 N. Glendora Avenue

La Puente, CA 91744

626-855-1560

Senior Center:

16001 Main Street

La Puente, CA 91744

626-855-1585

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