Next General Municipal Election – November 2018
The City of Folsom's next regular election will be November 6, 2018.  At that election, three seats on the City Council (currently held by Kerri Howell, Steve Miklos and Andy Morin) will be up for election.   The remaining two seats on the City Council are currently held by Ernie Sheldon and Roger Gaylord. Their terms end in November 2020. 

Interested in Running For City Council?   What you need to know:

  • How to determine your Eligibility to Run for City Council:  Only resident, registered voters of the City of Folsom shall be eligible to hold the office of Folsom City Council Member.
  • How to Qualify to Have Your Name Appear on the Ballot as a Candidate:  In order to become an official candidate and have your name appear on the ballot, you must obtain at least 20 signatures of registered Folsom voters on official nomination papers (issued by the City Clerk) and by filing those nomination papers and other required documents during the official Nomination Period.   The Nomination Period is established by CA Government Code, and will open July 16, 2018 and will close August 10, 2018.  If an incumbent fails to file nomination papers by the deadline, the nomination period will be extended five days to August 15, 2018.  
  • Other Documents that Candidates are required to file:  As a candidate, you are required by State law to disclose information regarding you and your spouse’s financial interests.  Candidates are also required to file financial disclosure statements detailing campaign-related contributions and expenditures.  All statements filed are a matter of public record and must be filed electronically through the City of Folsom’s CampaignDocs filing system.
  • How to obtain a CampaignDocs account:  Contact City Clerk Christa Freemantle to request an account be created in your name.  You will then be given a temporary login and password to set up your account. 
  • Campaign Contribution Limits - In June 1994, Folsom voters passed Initiative Measure V imposing a $150 limit on contributions to campaigns for city council and restricting campaign loans and credits.    
    For more information about running for City Council, contact Folsom City Clerk Christa Freemantle.


NEW:  Changes Coming to How Folsom Voters Will Vote - Beginning June 2018!
The California Voter’s Choice Act (Senate Bill 450), which became law in 2016, allows select counties to conduct elections by vote-by-mail ballot while also providing regional Vote Centers that will be open (depending upon location) either 10 days or 3 days prior to Election Day through the close of voting on Election Day.   In June 2017, the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors approved this new voting model, which will affect how all residents of Sacramento County will vote, beginning with the June 2018 Primary Election. 

Under the new Vote Center Model:

All voters will be mailed a vote-by-mail ballot beginning 29 days before the election.

Assigned Polling Places will be eliminated, and will instead be replaced by general Vote Centers.  Voters can go to any Vote Center location in Sacramento County to:

    Vote in person;

    Request a replacement ballot;

    Drop off a vote-by-mail ballot

    Register to vote or update registration; and

    Receive voting assistance.

Sacramento County Elections Department is still in the process of identifying Vote Center locations.  For more information, visit the Sacramento County Voter Registration and Elections webpage.


Campaign Signs - For purposes of sign regulation within the City of Folsom, campaign and election signs fall into the category of noncommercial signs.   Such signs are subject to certain size and placement limitations.  Signs may not be erected earlier than sixty days before an election and must be removed within seven days after the election.  See Campaign Sign Regulations for additional information.
For sign enforcement concerns, contact:
Code Enforcement Supervisor Pete Piccardo
(916) 355-7316 or by email

Are You Already Registered to Vote? To find out if you are currently registered to vote, visit the Secretary of State webpage.
Voter Registration Deadlines In California, the deadline to register to vote for any election is 15 days before Election Day.  Register to Vote