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  Consent-Affiliated Agencies   # 36.       
Meeting Date: 01/11/2022  
Brief Title:    City of Winters Request
From: Jesse Salinas, Assessor, Clerk-Recorder, Registrar of Voters, Assessor/Clerk-Recorder/Elections
Staff Contact: Annette Lim, Supervising Elections Technician, Assessor/Clerk-Recorder/Elections, x8134

Approve request from the City of Winters to change the date of their General Municipal Elections from March/June primary elections to November general elections of every even-numbered year. (No general fund impact) (Salinas)
Recommended Action
Approve request from the City of Winters to change the date of their General Municipal Election from statewide direct primary elections in March and June to general elections in November of every even-numbered year, beginning in November 2022. Recommended action requires the approval of the Yolo County Board of Supervisors in accordance with Elections Code Sections 1301 and 10403.5. The Ordinance shall not become effective unless and until it is approved by the Yolo County Board of Supervisors, at which time this Ordinance shall take effect immediately as an Ordinance relating to an election.
Strategic Plan Goal(s)
Thriving Residents
County Mandated Service
Reason for Recommended Action/Background
Prior to the passage of SB 970 many cities, including Winters, held their local elections in March to coincide with the statewide primaries. SB 970 (Chapter 111, Statutes of 2020) revised the statewide primary date to be the first Tuesday after the first Monday in June in even-numbered years in which there is no presidential primary and the first Tuesday after the first Monday in March in even-numbered years in which there is a presidential primary (i.e., a year divisible by 4). The City of Winters is the only city in Yolo County that still holds its general municipal election on the date of the statewide direct primary election. The other cities have consolidated local elections with the general election in November. The set month reduces confusion, results in increased voter turnout (because voters are more likely to turn out in presidential election years) and reduces costs as more agencies share in the election costs in November than during the primary.

On December 21, 2021, the Winters City Council adopted Ordinance No. 2021-05, amending Section 1.08.010 of Chapter 1.08 of Title 1 of the Winters Municipal Code changing the date of the City’s General Municipal Election from the Statewide Direct Primary Date to the Statewide General Election Date, beginning in November 2022 and consolidating the City of Winters General Municipal Election with the Statewide General Election.
Collaborations (including Board advisory groups and external partner agencies)
City of Winters

Fiscal Impact
Fiscal Impact (Expenditure)
Total cost of recommended action:    $   0
Amount budgeted for expenditure:    $   0
Additional expenditure authority needed:    $   0
One-time commitment     Yes
Source of Funds for this Expenditure
Att. A. Letter from City of Winters
Att. B. City of Winters Ordinance 2021-05

Form Review
Inbox Reviewed By Date
Jesse Salinas Jesse Salinas 12/27/2021 01:48 PM
County Counsel Hope Welton 12/27/2021 02:26 PM
Joanne Van Hoosear Joanne Van Hoosear 12/27/2021 02:48 PM
Form Started By: Annette Lim Started On: 12/22/2021 08:47 AM
Final Approval Date: 12/27/2021


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