Article 1. Elections Generally of California Harbors And Navigation Code >> Division 8. >> Part 7. >> Chapter 4. >> Article 1.
(a) Except for the first election, directors shall be elected
at general district elections. All other elections are special
district elections. The first general district election shall be held
on the same day as and shall be fully consolidated with the next
statewide direct primary which is held more than six months
subsequent to the formation of the district and succeeding general
district elections shall be held on the same day and shall be fully
consolidated with the succeeding statewide direct primaries.
(b) No notice of a general district election need be given. The
precincts, polling places and election officers shall, within the
district, be the same as those provided for the statewide direct
primary and the elections shall be held in all respects as if there
were only one election and only one form of ballot shall be used
unless some precincts are not entirely the same for both elections,
in which case separate ballots may be provided as necessary.
(c) The district shall pay to the county the actual cost of the
services rendered in conducting the election upon presentation to the
board of a properly approved bill from the county. The returns shall
be canvassed by the county officer or officers required to canvass
the returns of the statewide direct primary and a certificate stating
the result of the canvass shall be filed with the board who shall
declare the result and declare elected the persons having the highest
number of votes given for each office.
(d) The certificate shall be retained in the district records and
the results and declaration shall be entered on the minutes of the
board. The secretary shall deliver to each person elected a
certificate of election signed by the secretary and authenticated
with the seal of the district.
Nomination papers for the office of director shall be signed
by 25 or more registered electors in the district and filed with the
secretary not more than 65 nor less than 40 days before the day of
election. Otherwise the directors shall be nominated in accordance
with the provisions for independent nominations set forth in Part 2
(commencing at Section 8300) of Division 8 of the Elections Code so
far as they may be applicable.
The provisions of the Elections Code relating to the
qualifications of electors, the manner of voting, the duties of
election officers, the canvassing of returns, and all other
particulars in respect to the management of general elections so far
as they may be applicable shall govern all district elections,
(a) To the extent that the provisions of the Elections Code
pertaining to the conduct of local elections are inconsistent with
the provisions of that code pertaining to general elections the
provisions of the Elections Code pertaining to local elections shall
(b) Inconsistent provisions of this part shall control over any
provisions of the Elections Code.
If there is but one person to be elected to an office, the
candidate receiving the highest number of votes cast for the
candidates for that office shall be declared elected.
If there are two or more persons to be elected to an office,
those candidates equal in number to the number to be elected who
receive the highest number of votes for the office shall be declared
If a proposition has been submitted at the election it shall
be declared carried if a majority of those voting thereon, or a
higher number as may be required by law, vote in favor thereof.
Otherwise it shall be declared defeated.
Special district elections held under this part or under any
other law shall be called, held and conducted as provided in this
part or in said other law if it so provides, but if no provision is
made therein the election shall be called by resolution which shall
(a) The date of the election.
(b) The hours during which the polls shall remain open.
(c) The election precinct or precincts, the polling place or
places and the names of the officers selected to conduct the
election, who shall consist of one inspector, one judge and two
clerks in each precinct.
(d) The measure or measures to be submitted to the voters.
Notice of the holding of the election shall be given by
publishing the resolution calling the election pursuant to Section
6066 of the Government Code in at least one newspaper published in
the district, the first publication to be at least two weeks prior to
the date of the election. If there is no newspaper published in the
district the resolution shall be posted in three public places in the
district not less than two weeks prior to the date of the election.
No other notice of the election need be given.
The returns of the election shall be made, the votes
canvassed at least seven days following the election, and the results
thereof ascertained and declared in accordance with the provisions
of the Elections Code, so far as they may be applicable, except as
otherwise provided in this part. The secretary, as soon as the result
is declared, shall enter in the district records a statement of the
No irregularities or informalities in conducting any district
election shall invalidate the same, if the election shall have been
otherwise fairly conducted.
All the expenses of district elections shall be borne by the