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Board of Retirement Election Process  

SDCERA's Membership elects four members and two alternate members of the Board of Retirement. These include the second and third seats, both elected by General Members, the seventh and seventh alternate seats elected by Safety Members and the eighth seat and alternate Retired Member seat elected by Retired Members. Each 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 for each election is posted to the SDCERA website prior to the election.

How to Become a Candidate  

All active and retired SDCERA Members are eligible to run for office and vote in their respective Membership group elections. Prospective candidates may obtain nomination petitions from the Registrar of Voters.

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 for each election to eligible voters along with any statements from the candidates. The County inter-office 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 voting results for each election by the third business day following the date of the election and reports these results to the County Board of Supervisors. The candidate receiving 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.

Special Election to Fill a Vacant Seat on the Board of

The procedure for filling a vacancy created prior to the expiration of an elected trustee's term depends upon the office in which the vacancy occurs.

A vacancy in the office of the Alternate Retired Member is filled by appointment by the Board of Retirement. For vacancies in all other elected offices, a special election is held at the earliest possible date determined by the reasonable discretion of the Registrar of Voters. As with a regular election, the Registrar of Voters conducts the election and sends ballots to the Membership representing the vacant seat. A calendar of key dates is posted to the SDCERA website when the Registrar of Voters determines the election date. The successful candidate takes office 15 days after the Registrar of Voters certifies the results of the election and serves for the duration of the term of office of the vacated seat.