November 3, 2020 – Mayoral Run-off and Charter Amendments Election
On November 3, 2020, a Special Municipal Election will be held for the Mayoral Run-off and four proposed Charter amendments.
Mayoral Run-off Election
On March 3, 2020, the City of Riverside held an election for Mayor. No candidate achieved over 50% of the ballots cast. The official election results can be found here.
On November 3, 2020, a Special Municipal Runoff Election will be held for the two candidates that received the highest number of votes. The successful candidate will serve a four-year term.
Charter Amendments Election
On July 21, 2020, the City Council called a Special Election for four proposed Charter amendments to be placed on the ballot:
Shall the Charter of the City of Riverside be amended to require the City Council to appoint to fill a vacancy in elected office with up to one year remaining on the term, to call a special election to fill a vacancy with over one year remaining on the term, to call a special run-off election when no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast for the vacant office, and to prohibit appointed officials from referencing “incumbent”, “member of the City Council”, or other designation indicating incumbency in a future election for the same seat?
In order to comply with state law requirements, shall the Charter of the City of Riverside be amended to consolidate Mayor elections with the statewide primary and general election, consolidate City Council elections beginning in 2022 with the statewide primary and general election, consolidate Mayor and City Council runoff elections with the statewide general election, provide an exception to allow Wards 2, 4, and 6 runoff elections on November 2, 2021 before transitioning to the statewide general election, and delete Charter subsections 400(f), 400(g), and 400(h) as obsolete; and specify that City Council members are nominated by their ward voters?
Shall the Charter of the City of Riverside be amended to require the City Council to submit any proposed City Charter amendment, except those proposed by voter initiative, to the Charter Review Committee for recommendation before the City Council places the Charter amendment proposal on a ballot?
Shall the Charter of the City of Riverside be amended to eliminate the requirement that the adopted budget be placed in all public libraries in the City, to eliminate the requirement that the budget be reproduced and copies made available for the use of departments, offices, and agencies of the City other than on the City website, to clarify that “City Council approved” capital projects “and funding” shall be exempt from lapsing at the end of each fiscal year, to add the word “transparent” to the Charter preamble, and to replace the word “citizen” with “person” with respect to commenting at public meetings?
The full text of the proposed measures will be mailed with ballot materials to each voter and can be found below.
For further election information, contact the City Clerk’s Office at 951-826-5557.
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