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City of Millbrae Change from Odd- To Even­ Numbered Year Elections

Post Date:12/19/2016 2:25 PM

On September 13, 2016, the City Council for the City of Millbrae adopted an ordinance changing the cycle for future municipal elections from odd-numbered years to even-numbered years as required by Sections 14050-14057 of the California Elections Code ("Code").  On December 13, 2016, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors approved this action of the Millbrae City Council pursuant to Code Section 10402.5.

These actions were taken to comply with a new law signed by the Governor, Senate Bill No. 415, known as the "California Voter Participation Rights Act."  Historically, municipal elections in Millbrae have been held in odd-numbered years and have had lower turnout rates than statewide elections which are held in even numbered years.  The objective of the new law is to increase voter participation in local elections by consolidating local elections with the statewide elections.

As a result of this new law and the actions described above to implement it, the City will not hold its regularly scheduled municipal election in 2017.  Instead, the election will take place on November 6, 2018.  City Council Members whose terms would have expired in 2017 will have their terms extended through the November 2018 election, and those Council Members whose terms would have expired in 2019 will have their terms extended through the November 2020 election.

Should you have any questions regarding the implementation of these new laws and the change in Millbrae municipal elections from odd- to even-numbered years, please contact the Millbrae City Clerk, Angela Louis, at 650-259-2333 or alouis@ci.millbrae.ca.us.

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