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January 2, 2018

All section references are to the Elections Code unless stated otherwise

October 3, 2017

RESOLUTION CALLING THE ELECTION: Lake Forest City Council passed a resolution calling for a Special Recall Election to be held on January 2, 2018.

October 5, 2017
October 19, 2017
(E-89 – 75)

NOMINATION PERIOD:  Dates between which candidates
may obtain and file nomination papers at the City Clerk’s office.§ 11381

Upon receipt of

REQUEST FOR RANDOM DRAW: The Registrar of Voters notifies the Secretary of State by registered mail of the date of the election and the date of the close of filing. The Secretary of State’s office will conduct the Random Draw. § 13113


RANDOMIZED ALPHABET DRAWING:  On this day, the Secretary of State shall conduct a drawing of the letters of the alphabet, the result of which shall be known as the randomized alphabet, to determine the order in which candidates appear on the City of Lake Forest Special Recall Election ballot.
§ 13113

November 3, 2017
January 2, 2018
(E-60 – 0)

LIST OF VOTE-BY-MAIL VOTERS:  First day CDs are available for purchase indicating all voters who have been issued a military or overseas vote-by-mail ballot. After December 4, 2017, all permanent vote-by-mail voters who have been issued a vote-by-mail ballot will be available on CD.

November 3, 2017

MILITARY OR OVERSEAS VOTERS’ BALLOT APPLICATIONS: The first day the county elections official may process applications for military or overseas voters’ ballots.

Any applications received by the county elections official prior to this day shall be kept and processed on or after this date.  If the applicant is not a resident of the county to which he or she has applied, the elections official receiving the application shall forward it immediately to the proper county.

NOTE: A request for a vote-by mail ballot from a military or overseas voter will be deemed an affidavit of registration and an application for permanent vote-by-mail status.
§§ 300(b), 3101, 3102, 3103, 3105

November 6, 2017
December 19, 2017 (E-57 – E-14)


WRITE-IN CANDIDACY: Dates between which candidates
may obtain and file nomination papers at the City Clerk’s office.
§ 8601

November 18, 20171
(Date fixed by law)

MILITARY OR OVERSEAS VOTERS’ BALLOTS:  Last day for the county elections official to mail ballots to absent uniformed services voters and overseas voters.
§ 3114, 42 U.S.C. § 1973ff-1 (MOVE Act)

November 23, 2017
December 23, 2017
(E-40 – 10)

SAMPLE BALLOT MAILING:  Between these dates, the Registrar of Voters will mail County Sample Ballot Pamphlets.
§ 11324

December 4, 2017
December 26, 2017 
(E-29 – 7) 

VOTE-BY-MAIL VOTING:  Applications for vote-by-mail ballots available during this period from the Registrar of Voters’ office.  Applications must be received by December 26, 2017, 5:00 p.m.
§ 3001

December 18, 2017

LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN THE CITY OF LAKE FOREST SPECIAL RECALL ELECTION:  Last day to register to vote in the City of Lake Forest Special Recall Election. The Voter Registration Form shall be mailed (postmarked by this date) or delivered to the county elections official by this date and is effective upon receipt.  The Voter Registration Form may also be submitted by this date to the Department of Motor Vehicles or any National Voter Registration Act designated agency. Last day for military or overseas voters to register to vote, to request a vote-by-mail ballot, and to send it to the county elections official.
§ 2102

December 19, 2017
January 2, 2018

(E-14 – 0)

CONDITIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION PERIODDuring the period 14 days prior to Election Day and including Election Day, an individual can go to the Registrar of Voters’ office to conditionally register to vote and vote a provisional Ballot.
§ 2170

December 19, 2017
January 2, 2018
(E-14 – 0)

NEW CITIZEN REGISTRATION PERIOD: A new citizen is eligible to register and vote at the office of, or at another location designated by, the county elections official at any time beginning on December 19, 2017 and ending at the close of polls on January 2, 2018.
§§ 331, 3500

A new citizen registering to vote after the close of registration shall provide the county elections official with proof of citizenship prior to voting and shall declare that he or she has established residency in California.
§§ 331, 3500, 3501

The ballots of new citizens shall be received and canvassed at the same time and under the same procedure as vote-by-mail voter ballots.
§ 3502

December 15, 2017

VOTE-BY-MAIL BOARDS COMMENCE TO PROCESS VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOTS:  Processing of vote-by-mail ballots may begin on the tenth business day prior to the election.  Processing vote-by-mail ballots includes opening vote-by-mail ballot return envelopes, removing ballots, duplicating any damaged ballots, and preparing ballots to be machine read, but under no circumstances may a vote count be accessed or released until 8:00 p.m. on the day of the election.
§ 15101

December 23, 2017

NOTICE OF ELECTION:  The Registrar of Voters must publish once in a newspaper of general circulation the notice that ballots will be counted in a central location.
§ 12109

December 27, 2017
January 2, 2018
(E-6 – 0)

VOTE-BY MAIL VOTING – LATE CONDITIONS: During this period, vote-by-mail ballots are available when conditions prevent voting at the polling place.  Written application signed under penalty of perjury is required unless the vote-by-mail voter’s ballot is voted in the office of the elections official.
§ 3021

January 2, 2018

ELECTION DAY:  Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Ballots will be centrally counted at the Registrar of Voters’ office. §§ 1000, 14212, 15260


Voters who have moved from one address to another within the city and who have not re-registered may vote a provisional ballot at the polling place for their current (new) address, at the office of the county elections official, or at a central location designated by the county elections official.

January 2, 2018

SEMI-OFFICIAL CANVASS OF ELECTION RETURNS: Beginning at 8:00 p.m. and continuously until completed, the Registrar of Voters shall conduct the semi-official canvass of votes.
§§ 15150, 15151

January 3, 2018

COMMENCE OFFICIAL CANVASS OF ELECTION RETURNS:  The Registrar of Voters will begin the official canvass of the precinct returns.
§ 15301

February 1, 2018

COMPLETE CANVASS OF OFFICIAL RETURNS AND CERTIFY RESULTS BY THIS DATE:  No later than this date, the county elections official must complete the canvass and certify its results.
§ 15372