The City of Oakdale General Municipal Elections are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of even numbered years for the purpose of electing City Council members, Mayor, City Treasurer and City Clerk or placing special measures and/or bond issues before the voters. Special elections may be called for the purpose of Municipal Code Amendments, Referendum, Initiative and/or Recall.
The next General Municipal Election will beheld on November 3, 2020, voters in the City of Oakdale will elect:
Two (2) City Council Members
One (1) City Clerk
One (1) City Treasurer
The nomination period for the November 3, 2020 election begins on Monday, July 13, 2020 and closes on Friday, August 7, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. During this period, individuals may take out, circulate and file nomination papers. If an incumbent for one of the offices being voted upon does not file nomination papers by 5:00 p.m. on August 7, 2020, the filing period will be extended until August 12, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. During this extension period, any eligible person, other than the incumbent, may take out, circulate, and file nomination papers for that office. Prospective candidates will need to schedule a meeting with the City Clerk to obtain nomination papers and other election-related materials and can do so by calling (209)845-3573.
City of Oakdale City Council Resolution 2011-138, in accordance with Government Code §10228(b) sets the candidate filing fee at $25.00. The candidate is to pay for the publication of a Candidate’s Statement of Qualifications pursuant to Elections Code §13307.
Qualifications for Office
Must be an elector of the city and a registered voter of the city at the time nomination papers are issued. (EC §10227, GC §36502)
Must be 18 years old and a citizen of the state at the time of election or appointment. (GC §1020)
Must have a domicile within the City of Oakdale. (EC §349)
Must file a Declaration of Candidacy or statement of write-in candidacy with the elections official. (EC §13)
Must not have been convicted of a felony involving accepting or giving, or offering to give, any bribe, the embezzlement of public money, extortion or theft of public money, perjury, or conspiracy to commit any of those crimes. (EC §20)
If no one or only one person is nominated for an elective office, appointment to the elective office may be made as prescribed by Elections Code §10229.
In accordance with Executive Order N-64-20, issued by California Governor Gavin Newsom on May 8, 2020, which states that all Californians who are registered (and otherwise eligible) to vote in the November 3, 2020 General Election shall receive vote-by-mail ballots, and Executive Order N-67-20, issued on June 3, 2020, which outlines the requirements for in-person voting sites for the 2020 General Election in November, ballot drop off locations will be open from:
Saturday, October 31, 2020 through Monday, November 2, 2020, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Information regarding in-person voting sites and ballot drop-box locations will be announced by the Stanislaus County Registrar of Voters are still being determined. Once locations have been determined and confirmed, that information will be listed on the City's website here.
Posting Campaign/Political Signs
To view the entire Oakdale Municipal Code regarding the posting of campaign/political signs, please (CLICK HERE)
Oakdale Municipal Code, Chapter 36 Zoning
§ 36-26.5 Requirements For Signs By Specific Zone
[Ord. No. 953, §§ 6, 7; Ord. No. 995, Appx. A.; Ord. No. 1082, § 1, 2001; Ord. No. 1226-14 Exh. A; Ord. No. 1259-18]
It shall be unlawful for any person to erect, construct or maintain on any lot or parcel any sign of a type having an area and/or height in violation of the following specific requirements.
A. R-A, R-1, R-2 AND R-3 ZONES:
a. Political signs, may be erected as follows:
(1) Political signs shall not be lighted either directly or indirectly, and are subject to the provisions of § 36-18.23 Vision Obstructions.
(2) Political signs shall be erected no more than sixty (60) days prior to the date of election and shall be removed within seven (7) days after the date of the election.
B. C-1 AND C-2 ZONES:
1. All signs allowed without a permit as specified in § 36-26.4, subject to the following additional restrictions:
c. Political signs may be erected, maintained and displayed provided each such sign does not exceed thirty-two (32) square feet in area, does not exceed eight (8) feet in height and the combined area of all such signs shall not exceed sixty-four (64) square feet. Such signs shall be erected no more than sixty (60) days prior to the date of the election, and shall be removed within seven (7) days after the election.
The City of Oakdale is bisected by two State Highways; State Highway 108 and State Highway 120, candidates who plan on posting political signs along these highways should consult with the California Department of Transportation http://www.dot.ca.gov/oda/political_signs.html
The Mayor and City Council members as well as the City Clerk and City Treasurer are elected by the voters of the City at-large elected at-large on a non-partisan basis and do not represent one specific district. Four-year terms are staggered with the Mayor and two Council members being elected at one election, alternating with three Council members and the City Clerk and City Treasurer at the next.
All Council Members enjoy the same power and privileges; however, the Mayor presides over Council meetings, signs official documents, and officiates at ceremonies and events. The position of Mayor Pro Tem is decided annually among the Oakdale City Council Members.
Local Elections Official
The City Clerk is an elected position and serves as the elections official and coordinates with the County of Stanislaus in conducting Municipal Elections. City elections are consolidated with regular County and State elections. Duties of the City Elections Official include preparation of necessary resolutions calling for General and Special Municipal Elections; coordination of the candidate nomination process, receipt and processing of initiative, referendum, and recall petitions, and declaring election results.
The City Clerk is responsible for all candidates' filings, the issuance and acceptance of nomination papers, City measures and publication of all legal notices as well as campaign and conflict of interest filings required by the Fair Political Practices Commission.
Past Election Information
november 3, 2020
City Clerk's Office
280 North Third Avenue, Oakdale, CA 95361
Election Timeline - 2020
Candidate Nomination Period
July 13, 2020 through August 7, 2020
All candidates, including incumbents, must file nomination documents with the City Clerk during this period. A nonrefundable filing fee of $25 shall be paid at the time the candidate obtains nomination forms. EC 8040-8041, 8060-8070, 8100-8107, 8800-8811
Register to Vote
DISCLAIMER: The information contained in these pages was valid at the time of publication. The City Clerk/Elections Official reserves the right to modify, update, change, or make improvements at any time, without notice, and assumes no liability for damages incurred directly or indirectly as a result of errors, omissions, or discrepancies.