OB Planning Board Elections – Wed., March 2nd – Still Time for “Write-In” Candidate Application

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OB Planning Board, June 3, 2015

2016 Elections

The Ocean Beach Planning Board will hold its 2016 General Election on Wednesday, March 2, 2016. Polls will be open 4-7 p.m. at the Ocean Beach Recreation Center at 4726 Santa Monica Avenue. Mail-in ballots are also available upon request.

Seven of the Board’s 14 seats will be up for election, one from each of the seven districts in the OB Community Plan Area (map of the 7 districts). If elected, members serve a two-year term of office. It is a volunteer position and receives no compensation.

Candidate Eligibility Requirements – Still Time for “Write-In’s”

It is now too late in the calendar for a person to be a candidate for a seat on the Board and have their name on the printed ballot. Materials required had to be submitted by February 3rd. But there is still time to submit an application as a write-in candidate.

Here is what the Planning Board says about write-in’s”

To qualify as a write-in candidate, candidates must submit all materials to a member of the Election Committee no later than 4pm on Monday, February 29, 2016. Write-in candidates will not appear on the printed ballot that is publicized to the community.

Due to the short timeframe for write-in candidates, arrangements to submit write-in applications should be made ahead of time with the Election Committee by emailing elections@oceanbeachplanning.org.

Candidate Requirements

Candidates must first demonstrate that they are 18 years of age and meet one of the following conditions within the OB Community Plan Area for more than 30 days:

Resident: Residing and maintaining a physical address.
Property Owner: Owning property.
Business Owner/Licensee: Owning/operating a business with a physical address/location.
(Proof of the above may be established with a copy of a driver’s license [or other government ID] in addition to a copy of a utility bill, business license, or tax bill that demonstrates the qualifying address of the candidate.)

In addition, eligible candidates must:

Gather at least 35 signatures from the district in which they are seeking a seat (signatures must be from district residents, property owners, or business owners/licensees).

Have documented attendance at one of the Board’s last 12 meetings prior to the election.

Voter Instructions

All members of the community are eligible to vote in the election for the district in which they reside, own property, or own/operate a business in Ocean Beach. It is not necessary to be a registered voter with the state or county government; however, all voters must register in person with a member of the Election Committee. Registration may be completed on Election Day when voting, or prior if requesting a mail-in ballot.

A complete Voter Information Package will be posted here when available.

More Information
All essential information for candidates and voters can be found above. For any additional questions please contact the Election Committee at elections@oceanbeachplanning.org.


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