Election Procedures and Deadlines (timelines approximate)
Full terms for AHCWD directors are 4 years. Candidates must be registered voters living within District boundaries. All election costs are borne by the District, the only exception being optional candidate statements printed in the election materials of a contested election. The cost of such a statement would be the responsibility of the candidate. In an uncontested election, or in the case of appointments, candidates are not mentioned in election materials and hence there is no need for even an optional candidate statement in those cases.
By July of the year of an election the AHCWD Business Manager should have received an abbreviated candidate guide from the Registrar of Voters (ROV). Prospective candidates can receive a copy of the guide by contacting the AHCWD business office or going directly to the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters. In 2015, for instance, between July 13th and August 7th, interested candidates can pick up a form either from the AHCWD office or from the ROV.
In July/August forms must be filed with the ROV office. There is a four-week period for filing documents, deadline to be announced nearer the time. Incumbents have an extension of 5 days for filing.
In September/October forms from candidates for uncontested elections are transmitted to the Board of Supervisors. The Board of Supervisors will then appoint “off ballot” candidates at their meeting on the first Friday in December. Appointments are transmitted back to the ROV, who prepares the certificates of election.
Contested elections take place in November.
Whether an election is contested or uncontested, there is a charge to AHCWD for processing paperwork in varying amounts, but these costs are borne by the District, not the candidate.
In the event of a board position falling vacant, a director can be appointed outside the normal election procedures. Please contact the Business Office for more information.
Below is the notice of the 2013 Candidates Guide courtesy of the Registrar of Voters:
All information in this guide is subject to change.
No duty is imposed upon the Office of the Registrar of Voters to determine whether a candidate meets the requirements for holding office. The Declaration of Candidacy, which each candidate must sign under penalty of perjury, states that the candidate meets the statutory and/or constitutional qualifications for office (including, but not limited to, citizenship, residency, etc.). This guide is intended to provide general information concerning the nomination and election of candidates, and does not have the force and effect of law, regulation, or rule. It is distributed with the understanding that neither the Secretary of State nor the Office of the Registrar of Voters is rendering legal advice, and therefore, this information is not to be a substitute for legal counsel for the individual, organization, or candidate using it. In case of conflict, the law, regulation, or rule will apply.
Unless otherwise indicated, all code section references are to the California Election Code.