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City of Glendale
Measure P - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results


20,005 votes yes (83.06%)

4,080 votes no (16.94%)

100% of precincts reporting (80/80).

To improve and increase voter participation, shall the City Charter be amended to change the date of the general municipal election from April in odd numbered years to coincide with the statewide primary election in even numbered years beginning in March 2020 (or as determined by the state legislature) and remove reference to the board of education to reflect recent changes in the election process?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Michael J. Garcia, City Attorney

The California Voter Participation Rights Act’s purpose is to increase voter participation in local elections by holding them at the same time as statewide elections such as a statewide primary, if holding an election on a statewide election date has previously resulted in a voter turnout for a regularly scheduled election that “is at least 25% less than the average voter turnout within that political subdivision for the previous four statewide general elections.” In the last four April municipal elections, Glendale’s voter turnout has been approximately 22% on the average.

To comply with this state mandate, the City Council unanimously placed this Measure on the ballot to amend the city charter relating to the date of the municipal elections. If approved, beginning in 2020, the regular municipal election date will change from April of odd-numbered years to coincide with statewide primary elections, currently scheduled for March.

Additionally, this Measure removes obsolete sections of the Charter relating to the Glendale Unified School District.

A “no” vote would mean that the general municipal election date for city officials will remain in April of odd-numbered years, which could subject the City to a potential legal challenge under the California Voter Participation Rights Act.

A “yes” vote would mean that the City Charter would be in compliance with state law and the new election date for city officials, starting in 2020, will coincide with statewide primary elections of even-numbered years.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Vote YES on Measure P for Glendale Municipal Election Date Change to Statewide Primary Election of even numbered years.

The California Voter Participation Rights Act prohibits any cities, school districts and community college districts from holding an election other than on a statewide election date if voter turnout is at least 25% less than the average voter turnout than previous 4 statewide general elections. Glendale’s voter participation rates fall within this range and meet the criteria for the mandated change.

To comply with State law, the Glendale City Council unanimously proposed this ballot measure to ask voters to change our City Charter and move election dates from odd-number to even-number years by consolidating with Statewide Primary elections starting March 2020. This shift will result in a one-time term extension of only 11 months for all of the currently elected Councilmembers, the City Clerk and City Treasurer. With the passage of Measure P, the City, Glendale Unified School District (GUSD), and Glendale Community College District (GCCD) will all be on the same election cycle.

Many other cities have made or are making similar changes and this initiative would only ensure that our City Charter is in compliance with State law.

Voting “YES” on Measure P will save the city millions of dollars in election costs in the future, it will place municipal ballot in front of voters at the same time they consider statewide candidates/measures, and is intended to increase voter participation for municipal elections. For more information on Measure P, visit

Please vote YES on Measure P.

Mayor/Council Member

City Manager

City Clerk

Arguments AGAINST


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