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District 1 Special Election

The City of Carlsbad will hold a special election March 3, 2020, to fill the District 1 City Council vacancy created by the resignation of Council Member Barbara Hamilton, whose term expires in November 2022.

Find out if you're in District 1

Candidate info

District 1 residents interested in running for City Council are encouraged to set up an appointment with the Office of the City Clerk at 760-434-2808 to get the needed forms and other helpful information.

Key election dates

November 12

Nomination period begins

Nomination papers may be requested through the Office of the City Clerk, 760-434-2808.

 

December 6

Nomination period ends

All candidates must file nomination papers and candidates’ statements of qualifications with the Office of the City Clerk no later than 5 p.m. 

Call 760-434-2917 to make an appointment to submit these documents

 

December 12

Random alphabet drawing

The California Secretary of State will hold a random alphabet drawing, which the City Clerk will use to determine the order of the candidates’ names on the ballot

 

January 23

First pre-election campaign statements due

For the period: Jan. 1 – Jan. 18, 2020

 

January 31

Semi-annual campaign statements due
For the period: July 1, 2019 – Dec. 31, 2019

February 2

First day vote by mail ballots are available

First day of early voting at the Registrar of Voters office

 

February 3

First day campaign signs are allowed on public property

See rules for non-commercial signs and map of approved locations


February 18 – March 3

Conditional voter registration period

Voters who miss the registration deadline may register and vote at the Registrar of Voters office. 


February 25

Last day to submit written request for vote by mail ballot to the Registrar of Voters


February 17

Voter registration deadline

Last day to register for the March primary election

 

February 20

2nd pre-election campaign statements due

Period: Jan. 19 – Feb. 15, 2020

 

March 3

Election Day


March 8

All campaign signs on public property must be removed


April 2

Deadline for Registrar of Voters to deliver results


  

Election notices

NOTICE OF SPECIAL ELECTION TO FILL VACANCY IN CITY OF CARLSBAD CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT NO. 1
AVISO DE ELECCIÓN ESPECIAL PARA CUBRIR LA VACANTEEN EL DISTRITO DEL CONCEJO DE LA CIUDAD NO.1 DE LACIUDAD DE CARLSBAD
PAUNAWA SA ESPESYAL NA ELEKSYON PARA PUNANANG PAGKABAKANTE SA LUNGSOD NG CARLSBADKONSEHO NG LUNGSOD DISTRITO BLG. 1
CARLSBAD市第1選區舉行特別選舉填補職位空缺之公告

Background on the vacancy 

The City Council District 1 seat is currently vacant and will be filled during the March 3, 2020, election.

Under Carlsbad's Municipal Code, a vacancy can be filled three ways: The City Council may appoint someone or call a special election. If the City Council votes to appoint, voters may force a special election by petition. 

On Oct. 22 the City Council voted to fill the vacancy by appointment. On Oct. 30 voters in District 1 submitted a petition calling for a special election. The County of San Diego Registrar of Voters certified the petition Nov. 4, and the City Council approved the necessary resolutions to call for the election during a special meeting Nov. 8. The City Council had the option of continuing with the appointment process to fill the seat on an interim basis, but voted to halt the process at the same meeting.

More information

Contact Information 
Office of the City Clerk 
clerk@carlsbadca.gov 
760-434-2808