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Posted on: October 4, 2017

City Sets January 2 Date for Recall Election

The City Council on Tuesday called a Special Municipal Election in the recall of Council Member Andrew Hamilton for Tuesday, January 2, 2018. 

The nomination period begins Thursday, October 5 for Lake Forest residents who want their names to appear on the ballot to succeed Council Member Hamilton if the recall prevails. Residents who are registered voters at the time nomination papers are issued are eligible to seek office.

The recall ballot will have a two-part question, first asking if the Councilmember should be recalled, then, who should succeed the Council Member if the recall is successful. Voters may still cast a vote for a candidate even if they vote against the recall or don’t answer that question at all.

If a majority vote “yes” on the first question, the recall is successful and the replacement candidate who gets the most votes for that seat is elected for the unexpired term of office. Council Member Hamilton’s term expires in November 2018. Those interested in taking out nomination papers should contact City Clerk Stephanie D. Smith at (949) 461-3421 or by email at sdsmith@lakeforestca.gov

Residents who want their name to appear as candidates on the ballot must make an appointment with the Lake Forest City Clerk’s Office to take out nomination papers, then return them by Thursday, October 19, 2017.

Voters will be able to cast ballots by mail in the January 2, 2018 special election, as well as vote at polling places. Results of the election are expected no later than February 6, when the new Council member will assume office if the recall is successful.

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