General Municipal Elections are held at the same time as the general election for Federal offices in the State of California. The elective officers of the City consist of a City Council made up of five council members who serve “at large” representing the entire community, rather than a particular district. The City Council Members are elected to four-year overlapping terms.
The next General Municipal Election will take place on November 8, 2016, and will include the election of three (3) Council Members to four-year terms, and one (1) Council Member to a two-year term.
In order to be eligible to hold any elective office in the city of Porterville, a person must be a resident and registered voter therein, and shall have resided in Porterville for at least thirty days preceding the filing of their nominating papers, or equivalent declaration or candidacy, and be a registered voter at the time of filing.
The filing period for nomination papers and candidate's statments is July 18, 2016, through August 12, 2016. The City Clerk's Office will not distribute the required paperwork before July 18, 2016, or accept it after August 12, 2016; unless an incumbent fails to file, in which case the filing period will be extended to August 17, 2016.
Please note, only City Clerk staff can distribute to and/or receive paperwork from potential candidates. It is advised that you contact the Clerk's Office at (559) 782-7464 to make an appointment to pull or file papers to ensure availability.
The City consolidates with the County of Tulare for election services. The links below are what has been reported to date. The Tulare County Election's Office has 28 days (Dec. 6) to certify the results of the election.
If you have any questions regarding the Municipal Election please contact the City Clerk's Office, (559) 782-7464.