ELECTORAL PROCESS - FACT SHEET
MAY 14, 2007 - COMMUNITY MEETING
Population: 86,391 (2000 Census)
Registered Voters: 57,455 (November 2006 election)
Voter Turnout: 60% (November 2006 election)
Voter turnout in other cities:
City Election date Percentage
Existing Local Campaign Reforms:
- No filing fees for measures/initiatives
- Campaign statement filing requirements during the signature-gathering
period for measures/initiatives
- Distribution of election information sheet requirement during signature-
gathering period, for measures and candidates
Candidates for City Office Regulations (estimated cost to the City of $15,000 per candidate):
- $250 contribution limit
- No candidate filing fees
- Free printing and translating of candidate statement
- Free airing of candidate information, interviews, and debates on CityTV
- Free space on City's website for candidates' statement
Rights of expression and association protect participation in the political process. This makes it difficult for state and local governments to regulate contributions and expenditures even when they attempt to do so for good reasons such as equalizing opportunities and fighting corruption.
- Contributions to candidates and their committees may be limited.
- Contributions to committees making independent expenditures on
behalf of candidates are likely not subject to limitation.
- Cities cannot limit contributions to groups supporting or opposing
local initiatives and referenda.
- Contribution limits must be established with care.
- Mandatory expenditure limits are highly problematic. Various kinds of
limits have been found to impermissibly interfere with rights to express
one’s views, to freely associate and to petition the government.
- Voluntary expenditure limits are much less problematic.