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The election process
Board Policies

Election process 

There are four seats on the nine-member Retirement Board that are elected by SDCERA's membership. These seats include the second and third seats, both elected by General members, the seventh seat elected by Safety members and the eighth seat elected by retired members. Each trustee serves a term of three years and must belong to the same membership group that the trustee represents.

The Registrar of Voters conducts each election and sends ballots to the membership representing the open seat. A calendar of key dates is posted to the SDCERA website prior to the elections.

How to become a candidate 

All active and retired SDCERA members are eligible to participate in their respective elections. Prospective candidates may obtain nomination petitions from the Registrar of Voters' office, located at 5600 Overland Ave., San Diego. The petitions must be picked up in person, and members must show picture identification, such as a County of San Diego identification badge, or a valid driver's license.

When nomination petitions are returned to the Registrar of Voters office, they are time and date stamped to ensure that the petitions are on file by the deadline. Candidate petitions require 40 active member signatures for General member seats and 20 signatures for Safety, retired and alternate seats.

Election ballots 

The Registrar of Voters distributes the ballots to eligible candidates along with any statements from the candidates. The County mail system is used to both send and receive ballots in all regular active member elections. Each department is responsible for ensuring prompt delivery of the ballots to each member and should return any undeliverable ballots to the Registrar of Voters. Ballots for retired member elections and elections held other than upon expiration of the term of office are mailed directly to members' homes.

Election results 

The Registrar of Voters certifies the results of the votes by the third business day following the date of the election and reports them to the County Board of Supervisors. The candidate receiving a plurality (the most votes) is declared the election winner and begins his or her term as scheduled. Election updates and results are posted on the SDCERA website.