Elections & Voter Information
All information is current as of July 5, 2022
Upcoming Municipal Election, November 8, 2022: The next regularly scheduled General Municipal Election will be held on November 8, 2022, where the voters of the Town of Corte Madera will elect three members to the Town Council, as well as vote on a ballot measure to renew a special tax for paramedic services. Please note that the Town Council also sits as the Board of Directors for Sanitary District #2 - more information on the Sanitary District can be found here.
6/21/22: Resolution No. 39/2022 was adopted by the Town Council at its June 19, 2022 Regular Town Council Meeting, and calls for a municipal election to be held in the Town of Corte Madera on November 8, 2022 for the election of three council members, submits to the voters of the Town a measure to authorize renewal of a special tax for paramedic services and requests that the Board of Supervisors consolidate the election with any other election occurring on said date, and requests election services by the Marin County Department of Elections.
- To review a summary of the functions and responsibilities of members of the Town Council, click here.
- To download a Candidate Application, click here (for fillable PDF) or here (for word document). Please return completed applications to the Town Clerk at email@example.com.
Nomination Filing Period:The filing period for Town Council candidates will open at 8:00am on Monday, July 18, 2022, and will run through 5:00pm on Friday, August 12, 2022. The filing period will be extended to 5:00pm on Wednesday, August 17, 2022, for non-incumbent filers only, if any current office-holder with an expiring term does not file by the August 12th deadline. Candidates for Town Council must be a resident of Corte Madera, at least 18 years of age and a registered voter in the Town of Corte Madera at the time nomination papers are issued.
Beginning on July 18, 2022, nomination papers will be available in the Administrative Office at Town Hall from Rebecca Vaughn, Town Clerk, during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8am-4pm. Please call (415) 927-5085 for more information and to make an appointment to meet with the Town Clerk to pick up the nomination packet. The Town of Corte Madera’s Interim Town Hall is located in the Hunt Plaza Building at 240 Tamal Vista Blvd, Suite 110, in Corte Madera, CA.
Step 1: Application and determination of eligibility.
Candidates for Town Council must be 18 years of age or older and a registered voter in the Town of Corte Madera. You must complete a Candidate Application (fillable pdf or word document) to begin the process of running for office. The personal information you provide must match your current registration on file with the Elections Department. The information on this form may be made public, but will not be shown on our website. If you have questions about running for office please call the Town Clerk at (415) 927-5085, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to confirm your voter registration status in advance you, can check the County's voter registration website here.
Step 2: Appointment to receive Nomination Paper and other elections information/materials.
After submitting the Candidate Application, you will be contacted by staff to schedule an appointment to receive your Nomination Paper as well as other important elections-related information and materials. The appointment will take approximately one hour. You may also call the Town Clerk's Office at 415-927-5085 to schedule an appointment.
Step 3: Declaring Candidacy.
Candidates who intend to raise or spend campaign funds must file Form 501 (Candidate Intention Statement) prior to solicitation or receipt of any contribution, or expenditure of any personal funds used for the election (including loans). This form is filed with the Corte Madera Town Clerk. The form may be obtained in hard copy from the Town Clerk or electronically from the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC). (The FPPC also offers a useful Candidate Toolkit that is helpful to new and returning candidates) These documents, and other elections-related forms and information will be provided in the Council Candidate Binder that candidates will receive during their appointment with the Town Clerk.
Step 4: Financial and Campaign Disclosure Obligations.
The FPPC mandates the campaign filing requirements for local candidates. The Town Clerk serves as the filing officer for local campaign disclosure statements. Candidates are required to disclose certain economic interests, and must file periodic campaign reports. Failure to file appropriate statements and reports can result in criminal, civil, or administrative penalties. Failure to file within prescribed deadlines can also lead to monetary filing penalties for each day a statement is late. The appropriate forms may be obtained from either the Town Clerk’s Office or the FPPC website.
REQUIRED CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTION LIMITS:
- Please note that on May 3, 2022, the Corte Madera Town Council adopted Town Ordinance No. 1019, regarding Campaign Finance Reform. The Ordinance can be viewed here: https://library.municode.com/ca/corte_madera/ordinances/municipal_code?nodeId=1150725
- The ordinance added Chapter 2.41 to the Corte Madera Municipal Code, entitled “Campaign Finance Reform - Campaign Contribution Limits for Municipal Elections”, establishing campaign contributions limits of $500 per individual contributor per election, and establishing a process for enforcing those limits.
- The Town’s current Voluntary Expenditure Limit, as approved in 1997 (Corte Madera Municipal Code § 2.42.010), requires that the Town Clerk calculate the expenditure limit in each election year using the following formula: The Town’s current population, as determined by the State Department of Finance, multiplied by $0.50.
- At the current population of 10,028, per the most recent Department of Finance population estimates, the voluntary expenditure limit for the Town of Corte Madera’s November election will be 10,028 x $0.50, or $5,014.00.
You are encouraged to schedule appointments during the nomination period to obtain and file nomination papers. To schedule an appointment, please call (415) 927-5085or email the Town Clerk at email@example.com.