Article 2. Election Of Directors of California Public Utilities Code >> Division 6. >> Chapter 3. >> Article 2.
The first directors are elected at the formation election as
provided in Chapter 2. All elections of directors subsequent to the
first shall be held at the same time as the general election in the
manner provided in this article.
Notice of election shall be published and no other notice of
such election need be given.
The board shall by resolution or ordinance fix the
boundaries of the wards for the purpose of electing directors
therefrom. The board of directors shall, by resolution, adjust the
boundaries of any wards pursuant to Chapter 8 (commencing with
Section 22000) of Division 21 of the Elections Code.
The notice of election shall refer to the wards established
by the board.
Not more than 113 days prior to the election, upon request,
the county elections official of the principal county containing the
majority of the population of the ward from which the candidate is
seeking election shall issue nomination papers and all other forms
required for nomination to the office of director.
Nomination papers may be circulated throughout the district.
(a) Except as otherwise provided in this division, the
provisions of the Elections Code prescribed for independent
nominations shall substantially govern the manner of appointment of
circulators, the form of nomination papers and other forms, the
securing of signatures, the filing of the candidate's declaration of
candidacy, and all other things necessary to get the name of the
candidate upon the ballot. At the time of issuance of nomination
papers, the county elections official shall cause to be entered on
the first page of each section of the nomination papers the name of
the candidate and the office for which he or she is a candidate. The
county elections official shall imprint a stamp on the first page of
each section of the nomination papers which reads "Official Filing
Form," and shall affix his or her signature. The county elections
official shall keep a list containing the name and address of each
candidate, the office for which he or she is a candidate, and the
date on which the nomination papers were issued, which list shall be
a public record.
(b) Circulators may obtain signatures to the nomination paper of
any candidate at any time not more than 113 days nor less than 88
days prior to the election. Each section of the nomination papers
shall bear the name of a county and only qualified voters of that
county shall sign the section. Nomination papers shall be signed
either by 1 percent or by 10 of the registered voters from within the
district, whichever is the lesser number, but in no event by more
than 20 registered voters from within the district. Nomination papers
shall be filed with the county elections official of the principal
county containing the majority of the population of the ward from
which the candidate is seeking election not more than 113 nor less
than 88 days before the date of the election and shall be examined by
the county elections official. If nomination papers for an incumbent
director are not filed by 5 p.m. on the 88th day before the
election, the voters shall have until 5 p.m. on the 83rd day before
the election to nominate candidates other than the incumbent for that
office. As soon as possible under the circumstances, the county
elections official shall determine the number of valid signatures. If
there are less than 10 valid signatures, the county elections
official shall notify the candidate of that fact, and shall accept
additional valid signatures at any time prior to the close of the
period for circulating nomination papers. Each candidate, at least 88
days prior to the election, shall file a sufficient candidate's
declaration of candidacy with the county elections official with whom
he or she filed the nomination papers. The county elections official
shall certify the names of all candidates at least 76 days prior to
the date of the election so that their names may be placed upon the
The board shall in the notice, ordinance, or resolution
calling an election consolidate it with the general election to be
held at the same time in the respective counties in which the
district is located and authorize the respective boards of
supervisors to canvass the returns and certify the result of the
canvass to the board. It shall be the duty of the board or boards of
supervisors to so consolidate the election, canvass the returns, and
cause the result thereof to be properly certified to the board of
directors of the district. The election shall be held in all respects
as if there were only one election, and only one ticket or ballot
shall be used. When the county precinct boundaries do not coincide
with the boundaries of the wards in the district, the board or boards
of supervisors shall, for the purpose of the election only,
reprecinct the territory in which the boundaries do not coincide, at
least 30 days before the election.
Candidates for the office of director shall be voted upon at
large, and every voter in the district may vote for all of the
directors to be elected.
Upon receipt of the returns of the canvass by the respective
boards of supervisors the board shall meet and determine results of
the election and declare the candidate or candidates elected.
The secretary of the district shall issue certificates of
election, signed by him and duly authenticated, immediately following
the determination of the result of the election by the board.