Elections

Three Council Seats up for Election 2021

ELECTIONS
As the city's chief election official, the City Clerk is responsible for administering Municipal Elections. Elections for City Council are held every two years. City Council members serve four-year terms of office. For voter registration information, call the Valley County Clerk's office at 208-382-7100. For polling place or other city election-related questions, please call the McCall City Clerk at 208-634-4874.

A general election shall be held in each city, for City Council Members on the Tuesday following the first Monday of November in each odd-numbered year. All such officials shall be elected and hold their respective offices for the term specified and until their successors are elected and qualified. All other city elections that may be held under authority of general law shall be known as special city elections.

Candidate Filing

Candidates for elective city offices shall be nominated by declaration. The declaration shall contain the name and address of the person and the office and the term for which he is being nominated. There shall be no mention relating to party or principal of the nominee. The completed declaration of candidacy shall be accompanied by: (1) a petition of candidacy signed by not less than five (5) registered qualified electors; or (2) a nonrefundable filing fee of forty dollars ($40.00) which shall be deposited in the city treasury.

All declarations of candidacy for elective city offices shall be filed with the City Clerk’s office not earlier than 8:00 a.m. on Monday August 23, 2021 nor later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 3, 2021. Before a candidate files a petition of candidacy with the city clerk, the petition signatures MUST be verified by the Valley County Clerk in Cascade. Before any declaration of candidacy and filing fee or petition of candidacy, can be filed, the city clerk shall ascertain that it conforms to the provisions of Idaho Code. The city clerk shall not accept any declarations of candidacy after 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 3, 2021. A person shall not be permitted to file a declaration of candidacy for more than one (1) office in any city election.

2021 Packet - Candidate Filing
Political Signs

Withdrawal of Candidacy

A candidate for nomination or candidate for election to an office may withdraw from the election by filing a notarized statement of withdrawal with the officer with whom his declaration of candidacy was filed. The statement must contain all information necessary to identify the candidate and the office sought and the reason for withdrawal. The deadline for nominated candidates (those who would be listed on the ballot) to withdraw is Friday, September 17, 2021.

2021 Withdrawal of Candidacy Form

Campaign Finance Reporting

Recent legislation transferred responsibility over campaign finance reporting from the City Clerk to County Clerk starting with the 2021 election cycle. Rather than having all candidates in cities with 5,000 or more populations, any city candidate who raises or spends more than $500, will need to report on the Secretary of State’s campaign finance portal. There is now a declaration on the candidate filing form stating that if the candidate raises or spends over $500, they will report on the portal. The burden is on the candidates to be sure the reporting happens. Please see the Secretary of State’s website for filing and for information of the State’s Sunshine Law requirements at: https://sos.idaho.gov/elections-division/campaign-finance-filing/

Write-In Candidates

Write-in candidates shall be governed by section 34-702A, Idaho Code, and shall file the declarations required in that section with the city clerk. No write-in vote for any office in a primary, special, or general election shall be counted unless a completed declaration of intent form has been filed indicating that the person desires the office and is legally qualified to assume the duties of said office if elected. Such declaration of intent shall be filed not later than Friday, September 10, 2021.

Candidates are required to certify on their Declaration of Intent that they are qualified to hold the office of council member, meaning they meet the following qualifications as of the date their Declaration of Intent is submitted to the city clerk:

  • At least 18 years of age,
  • A U.S. citizen,
  • The candidate’s primary residence must be within the city,
  • The address of the candidate’s voter registration must match the residence address provided on the candidate’s Declaration of Intent, and
  • A registered voter within the city at the time the declaration is filed.
The deadline for filing the Declaration of Intent for Write-In candidates is Friday, September 10, 2021. Write-in candidates are only required to file the Declaration of Intent with the city clerk—they are NOT required to submit a petition or $40 fee.      2021 Write In Declaration of Intent Form