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City of Signal Hill
Measure N - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Passing

800 votes yes (70.2%)

340 votes no (29.8%)

Shall the measure, amending the City Charter to change the City's General Municipal Election date to the Statewide General Election date of the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of even numbered years (from current date of the first Tuesday after the first Monday in March of odd-numbered years), commencing on November 3, 2020, and as a consequence reducing one-time councilmember terms by four months, be adopted?

What is this proposal?

Details — Official information

Impartial analysis / Proposal

This Measure N is a companion Measure to Measure M and the City Attorney Impartial Analysis there applies equally to this Measure. In this discussion we will attempt to simplify the issues.

The State, to encourage voter turnout is requiring all cities, even charter cities such as Signal Hill, to change their election dates to correspond with general statewide election dates in even-numbered years. There is generally higher turnout for local elections when they are held at the same time as statewide elections, which is also true for Signal Hill.

Currently under the Signal Hill Charter, municipal elections for city councilmembers, city treasurer, city clerk and other officials or measures are held in March of odd-numbered years which is the date of this current election. The next municipal election after March, 2019 would be in March of 2021. If either Measure M or Measure N is adopted, that election will be moved to a different date as would the election now scheduled for March of 2023, and the 4 year terms of office of certain municipal officers including councilmembers would either be shortened or lengthened.

The two choices the State has given the City for its municipal elections would be in even-numbered years in March or November.

If you wish for future municipal elections to be in March of even years, then you would vote for Measure M. This would extend the terms of municipal officers including certain councilmembers who are up in March of 2021 by a year to March of 2022.

If you wish for future municipal elections to be in November of even years, then you would vote for Measure N. This would shorten the terms of municipal officers including certain councilmembers who are up in March of 2021 by four months to November of 2020. Thereafter, all elected officials continue their four year terms.

If you do not want to change the current election dates on March of odd years, then you would vote no on both Measure M and N.

However, although there is legal precedent to support that as a Charter City Signal Hill can set its own election dates, the Legislature has said SB 415 is a matter of statewide importance and the State Attorney General has given the opinion that State Law would trump the City’s Charter provisions. If the City did not change its election dates in conformity with SB 415, litigation could result to determine the validity of the City’s Charter provisions in light of SB 415 and the City could incur significant legal expense, but the cost is speculative at this point.

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