Welcome to the City of Lincoln's Municipal Election webpage.  

City of Lincoln general municipal elections are held in November of even-numbered years. Other special elections may be called from time to time by the City Council.  City of Lincoln City Council Members are elected at large to staggered 4-year terms. The City of City of Lincoln consolidates its General Municipal Election with the statewide election held in even-numbered years. The City of Lincoln has no term limits and no campaign contribution limits.  The Mayor is appointed every year on a rotational basis by the City Council.

Recent Elections
City of Lincoln's last regularly-scheduled election was held on November 8, 2016. At this election, City of Lincoln' voters will elected 3 City Council members and 1 City Treasurer.  Four (4) offices were up for election on November 8, 2016:

Councilman Peter Gilbert

Councilman Paul Joiner

Councilman Dan Karleskint (Spencer Short was not re-elected)

Treasurer Gerald Harner was elected (Terrence “Terry” Dorsey did not file papers)

Candidate Qualifications:

Candidates interested in running for City of Lincoln public office must meet the following requirements established by the State of California Elections and Government Codes:  

• Must be at least 18 years of age
• Must be a citizen of the United States and a resident of the State of California
• Must be a registered voter and a resident within the city limits of City of Lincoln at the time nomination papers are issued

Nomination Period - information on future elections will be posted when available.

Voter Registration:

 A person, 18 years of age or older and not imprisoned or on parole for the conviction of a felony, may register to vote at anytime; however, registration for a specific election closes 15 days prior to that election. Registration is permanent, and a new affidavit of registration need only be executed if you have changed your name, address, or wish to change your political party affiliation. Voter registration forms are available at City Hall, the County Registrar of Voters Office, or online through the California Secretary of State.  Check to see if you are registered by clicking here.

You must re-register if you:

  • Move
  • Change Your Name
  • Change You Political Party Affiliation

Where do I register to vote?

Voter registration forms are available at:
Placer County Department of Elections
2956 Richardson Drive
Auburn, CA 95603

Online voter registration is available through the Secretary of State's Office at registertovote.ca.gov. A signature on file with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or online interview will allow you to complete the process.

Fair Political Practices Commission - Campaign Filing Obligations:
• Candidates must file a Candidate Intention (Form 501) before raising or spending any money, including the candidate’s personal funds.

Additional filing obligations may be applicable, please click here for more information regarding campaign disclosure requirements.

Candidate & Committee Campaign Statements

Below are Campaign Statements that are on file with the City Clerk's Office. Campaign Disclosure Filings are completed semi-annually, and during an election year, 2 additional pre-election statements are required. All original documents are public information and available in their entirety in the City Clerk's Office for review during regular business hours Monday through Friday, or copies can be made at the cost of $.20 per page.

Karleskint 460 2nd Pre-Election
Karleskint 460 12 31 2016_Redacted
Nader 460 12 31 2016_Redacted
Short 460 1st PreElection
Short 497 09 29 2016
Short 497 10 11 2016
Short 460 2nd Pre-Election
Short 460 12 31 2016_Redacted
Short amended 460_Redacted
Waters 470

Upcoming filing deadlines are as follows:

  • Semi-Annual Statement Due January 31, 2017
  • Semi-Annual Statement Due June 30, 2017

City of Lincoln Political Sign Regulations, please click here for more information.

Election Contact Information
Gwen Scanlon, City Clerk
City of Lincoln
600 Sixth Street
Lincoln, CA 95648
General Information: (916) 434-2493
Email: gscanlon@lincolnca.gov

The City Clerk can provide general information, but cannot give legal advice.

Other Important Telephone Numbers and Addresses:
Fair Political Practices Commission
428 J Street, Suite 620
Sacramento CA 95814
Toll Free Technical Assistance: 1-866-275-3772
Main Telephone: (916) 322-5660
Fax: (916) 322-0886
Website: www.fppc.ca.gov

Secretary of State
1500 11th Street, Room 495
Sacramento CA 95814
General Information: (916) 653-6814
Political Reform Division: (916) 653-6224
Website: www.ss.ca.gov/elections/

Placer County Registrar of Voters
2956 Richardson Drive
Auburn, CA 95603
Telephone: (530) 886-5688
Website: www.placerelections.com

"The right to vote...is the primary right by which other rights are protected."
- Thomas Paine Founding Father