Senate Bill 415 (“SB 415”), the California Voter Participation Rights Act (California Elections Code Section 14050-14057) was approved by the State legislature and signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on September 1, 2015. SB 415 restricts cities, like Novato, from holding an election on any date other than a State-wide election date if holding an election on a non-concurrent date has previously resulted in a significant decrease in voter turnout.
Given that the City has experienced a significant decrease in voter turnout on odd year election dates, in order to comply with SB 415, the City Council of Novato adopted Ordinance No. 1618 at their April 18, 2017 Regular Meeting. The Ordinance was passed by the Marin County Board of Supervisors at their May 23, 2017 Meeting.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the City of Novato General Municipal Election has been changed as follows:
The General Municipal Election scheduled for November 7, 2017 will take place as scheduled and the two (2) City Council seats scheduled for such election will have one-time terms of 5 years (ending in 2022);
The General Municipal Election scheduled for November 5, 2019 will take place as scheduled and the three (3) City Council seats scheduled for such election will have one-time terms of 5 years (ending in 2024);
Thereafter, General Municipal Elections in the City of Novato shall be held in even numbered years beginning respectively in November 2022 and 2024
Please be advised, this notification pertains only to City of Novato elections and does not affect the elections of other jurisdictions (e.g., school district, special districts, etc.). For more information regarding these changes, please call the City Clerk’s Office at (415) 899-8900.