Transition to By-District City Council Elections Completed - Final Map
The transition to by-district elections was completed on March 22, and five Council Districts were created, as shown in the final City Council District Map (previously referred to as "Preferred Map 2"). See Preferred Map 2 Analysis Report for district demographics.
For more information regarding Folsom's transition to by-district elections, visit the By-District Overview page
Folsom's Charter, which was approved by voters in 1990, establishes the Folsom City Council as five members elected at large by the voters of the City. The terms of councilmembers are four years and begin the second Monday in December following their election. Terms are staggered, with three councilmembers being elected at one election and two councilmembers being elected at the next election. The City Council selects a mayor and vice mayor, who serve at the pleasure of the Council.
Have Questions About Election Security? Learn more about the security measures used by Sacramento County Elections Department, including ballot security, election equipment security, and voter file security.
Upcoming June 7, 2022 - Statewide Gubernatorial Primary Election
Ballots will begin being mailed on May 9. Vote Centers open May 28 or June 4, depending upon their location, and ballot drop boxes are available throughout Sacramento County. Additional key information for the June 7 election is available online at Sacramento County Elections.
Accessible Vote by Mail - Voters can request and receive access to the Accessible Vote by Mail (AVBM) system. The County of Sacramento has selected Democracy Live to provide this service. The AVBM system allows voters to download and mark their correct ballot privately and independently using their own assistive technology, print their marked ballot, and mail it to the Elections Office to be counted.
This video provides more information on the AVBM system. All registered voters in Sacramento County are eligible to use this system pursuant to California Elections Code section 3016.7.
Interested in Running for Folsom City Council in 2022?
Nomination Period: July 18 - August 12, 2022
Are you Eligible? Only resident, registered voters of the City of Folsom shall be eligible to hold the office of Folsom City Council Member. In addition, under the By-District system, candidates may only run for the district in which they live.
Seats Up For Election in November 2022: District 1, District 3, and District 5
Seats Up For Election in November 2024: District 2 and District 4
How this impacts candidates and voters: Under the by-district election system, only registered voters residing in a Council District may run for City Council for that District, and only registered voters residing in the candidate’s District may vote for that candidate. The City will continue to have five Councilmembers, each serving a 4-year term.
Visit the By-District Overview page for more information on how the City transitioned from an at-large election system to a by-district election system.
How to Become a Candidate on the 2022 Ballot:
- File Nomination Papers with sufficient qualifying signatures by August 12 and pay $25 filing fee. (Nomination Papers will be available from the City Clerk beginning July 18 and must be picked up in person; please email CityClerkDept@folsom.ca.us or call 916-461-6035 to make an appointment.)
- File all other required paperwork (provided by the City Clerk along with Nomination Papers).
Important Information About Getting Started With Your Campaign – Fair Political Practices Commission Resources. Candidates are strongly encouraged to review:
- FPPC Getting Started for candidates and treasurers
- FPPC Campaign Disclosure Manual 2 for Local Candidates and their Primarily Formed Committees
- FPPC Training and Outreach for candidates and treasurers
- FPPC Campaign Basics for candidates spending $2,000 ore more
Financial Disclosure Requirements for Candidates Candidates are required to disclose personal and campaign-related financial information. All statements filed are a matter of public record. Please keep in mind that financial rules are strictly enforced by the FPPC Enforcement Division, and violations can result in criminal prosecution, civil action by the public, and administrative sanctions.
After the Election – filing requirements continue until the committee is terminated
Contact FPPC for legal advice at 916-322-5660
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.
City of Folsom Campaign Sign Regulations - Campaign signs may not be placed earlier than 60 days before an election and they must be removed within seven days after the election.
Campaign Financial Disclosure Filings filed by City Councilmembers, candidates, and committees located or campaigning within the City of Folsom.
For more information about running for City Council, contact Folsom City Clerk Christa Freemantle.
In California, the deadline to register to vote is 15 days before election day. In Sacramento County, voters may utilize the Conditional Voter Registration option, which extends the deadline to 14 days before and on election day at any vote center in Sacramento County. To register to vote in California, you must be:
- A United States citizen and a resident of California;
- 18 years old or older on election day;
- not currently serving a state or federal prison term for the conviction of a felony; and
- not currently found mentally incompetent to vote by a court.
Registration is permanent, and a new affidavit of registration is necessary if you have changed your name, address, or wish to change your political party affiliation.
To register to vote or check your registration status, visit the Secretary of State voter registration page.
To request an Accessible Vote by Mail (AVBM) ballot, visit Sacramento County's webpage or call 916-875-6155.
All registered voters in Sacramento County will receive their official recall ballot in the mail beginning thirty days before the election. If you do not receive your ballot or if you need a replacement ballot, call Sacramento Voter Registrations at 916-875-6155 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can now track your ballot through the Secretary of State's new Where's My Ballot? system. Sign up at WheresMyBallot.sos.ca.gov to receive automatic email, text or voice call notifications about when your ballot is mailed, received and counted.
Ballots returned by mail can only be accepted if postmarked on or before Election Day and received within 17 days after Election Day.
Ballot Drop Box
Voted ballots may also be placed in any of the secured Ballot Drop Box locations throughout Sacramento County. Beginning 30 days before an election, there will be a Ballot Drop Box inside Folsom City Hall, 50 Natoma Street, available to the public 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Vote Center locations are set by Sacramento County Elections Department and will be provided by the County prior to the election.
All Vote Centers will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. four days prior to and including Election Day, and some of the Vote Centers will be open up to 11 days prior to and including Election Day. Voters can visit ANY Vote Center in the county to drop off completed ballots OR they can vote in person. The Vote Centers provide accessible voting devices, language assistance, and offer eligible residents the ability to register to vote and update their registration. Long lines are anticipated at Vote Centers on Election Day -- please vote early!
For additional election information, voter registration, and a full listing of Ballot Drop Boxes and Vote Centers, visit elections.saccounty.net or call 1-800-762-8019.