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City Elections and Campaign Finance 

Welcome to the City of Santa Rosa’s Municipal Election web pages. These pages have been prepared to help guide voters of the City of Santa Rosa, potential candidates for office, and individuals and organizations participating in City elections.

2016 GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION

The next General Municipal Election for the City of Santa Rosa will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.

The following are key dates for the November 8, 2016 election:

Event/Activity Date
Nomination Period Opens 07/18/16
Nomination Period Closes 08/12/16
Extended Nomination Period Closes (if applicable) 08/17/16
Secretary of State Holds Random Alpha Drawing 08/18/16
First Day Campaign Signs May Be Erected 09/09/16
First Pre-election Campaign Disclosure Statement Due TBD
Last Date to Register to Vote 10/24/16
Second Pre-election Campaign Disclosure Statement Due TBD
Third Pre-election Campaign Disclosure Statement Due TBD
Election Day 11/08/16
Deadline to Certify Election Results 12/06/16

CAMPAIGN FINANCE REGULATIONS

The Local Campaign Finance Regulations page provides information and forms regarding the City's campaign finance regulations, including robocall regulations, as specified in Santa Rosa City Code Chapter 10-32, Campaign Finance Regulations.

PUBLIC FINANCING OF CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES

In 2002, Santa Rosa voters passed a City Charter amendment that provides public financing for City Council election campaigns. The purpose of public financing is to reduce the cost of Council election campaigns and increase the accessibility of Council candidates to the voters.

To qualify for public financing, a candidate must sign a Voluntary Election Campaign Spending Limit Agreement in which the candidate agrees to a campaign expenditure limit adjusted annually for inflation (the 2014 limit was $49,428). Qualified candidates who agree to this expenditure limit are entitled to include candidate information on the City’s website at and in a Voter Update mailed to each Santa Rosa postal patron.

CAMPAIGN DISCLOSURE FILINGS

The City Clerk’s Office has contracted with NetFile to provide a free, web-based electronic campaign disclosure statement filing system. The system is fully searchable for use by the public. This ensures the highest level of transparency and accountability so that voters and members of the public can be fully informed. Elected officials, candidates, and committees who are required to file campaign disclosure statements with the City of Santa Rosa must do so through the NetFile system. Once filed, campaign statements may be viewed by visiting the Public Portal for Campaign Finance Disclosure.

FILERS: Each committee will need one user ID and password to access the NetFile system. NetFile users may access the log-in page and instructions via this link. Additionally, all committees must have a signed Signature Verification Card on file with City Clerk’s Office in order to file statements electronically. Signature verification cards must be signed and submitted for each officeholder, candidate, or principal officer and the committee treasurer.

VOTER REGISTRATION

Secretary of State - Register to Vote


October 20, 2014, is the registration deadline for the November 4, 2014, election. Need to register to vote or not sure if you are registered? Visit the
Sonoma County Registrar of Voters web page. To register online, visit the Secretary of State's Online Voter Registration web page.

NEED ASSISTANCE OR HAVE QUESTIONS?

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We are happy to assist you! If you have questions, please contact us by phone at (707) 543-3015 or by email at: cityclerk@srcity.org.

Terri A. Griffin, CMC, City Clerk
Stephanie Williams, CMC, Deputy City Clerk