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February 10, 2010 > Hayward General Municipal Election called

Hayward General Municipal Election called

By Simon Wong

The Hayward General Municipal Election will be held on June 8, 2010 to elect the Mayor and two Council members to four-year terms.

Nomination papers may be issued from Monday, February 15, 2010 until 5 p.m. on Friday, March 12, 2010, though City Hall will be closed on February 15 in observance of President's Day. If an incumbent decides not to seek re-election, the period extends to Wednesday, March 17, 2010. The ballot placement listing will be determined on March 18, 2010.

The Hayward Municipal Election has consolidated its elections with the California State Primary, using the same precincts, polling stations and election officers, since 1996 with the Alameda County Board of Supervisors' authorization. The Alameda County Registrar of Voters will provide services, viz. verify signatures on nomination papers, prepare and supply indices to precinct information, provide voter registration information, assist in election services as required for the election and provide services to complete the canvass of returns.

The Alameda County Voter Pamphlet will include the City's sample ballot and optional candidate statements with a recommended limit of 200 words. The costs of printing and translating to Spanish and Chinese are assessed to the candidate. Each person submitting a candidate statement will be assessed $1,300, an approximate cost that has remained unchanged since 2004.

Eligible candidates must be registered voters within the incorporated boundaries of the City of Hayward when nomination papers are issued.

Candidates must file the following - Nomination Paper, Ballot Designation Worksheet, Form 700 Statement of Economic Interest, Statement of Rejection or Acceptance Related to the Campaign Contribution Limits & Expenditure Limitations. They may file the following optional forms - Candidate Statement (approximately $1,300) and Code of Fair Campaign Practices.

The 2010 Consumer Price Index adjustment for the City's Campaign Voluntary Expenditure Limit is $58,717. Hayward Municipal Code Section 2-13.02(c) states that if a candidate accepts the voluntary expenditure limit for his/her campaign, he/she is entitled to accept the established $1,000 contribution limit, now adjusted to $1,152 per contributor. During the election cycle, campaign disclosure documents for all candidates will be posted on the City's website within 48 hours of receipt, as individual addresses will need to be redacted from the reports.

The following statements of campaign expenditure must be filed by the dates in parentheses - 2009 semi-annual (February 1, 2010), 1st pre-election (March 22, 2010), 2nd pre-election (May 27, 2010) and 2010 semi-annual (August 2, 2010).

The budget for consolidation of Hayward's General Municipal Election is $300,000 which is included in the current budget.

The last day to register to vote is Monday, May 24, 2010. Completed application forms or letters of application to vote by mail (VBM), formerly known as absentee voting, must reach the Alameda County Registrar of Voters' office by Tuesday, June 1, 2010. The deadline for VBM requests in person is Tuesday, June 8, 2010.

Declaration of election results by Hayward City Council and installation of re-elected and newly elected incumbents is tentatively scheduled for July 7, 2010.

For more information, visit www.ci.hayward.ca.us (City of Hayward) and www.acgov.org/rov (Alameda County Registrar of Voters).

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