The San Luis Obispo City Council on Wednesday called a special vote-by-mail election from May 20 to June 18 to fill the two-year vacancy on the council created by the resignation of Andrew Carter.
Carter, who stepped down to take a job as the city administrator of Guadalupe, attended his last council meeting Tuesday.
The council also allocated up to $100,000 from the city’s general fund to pay for the election. The cost, which includes hiring consultant Martin and Chapman to oversee the special election, is estimated to be $86,376.
Candidates for the seat have from Monday to March 22 to file nomination papers. Ballots will be mailed to registered voters in the city on May 20. To be counted in the election, ballots must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office by 8 p.m. June 18.
The cost is estimated to be $86,376. That includes hiring consultant Martin and Chapman Co. at $65,156 to oversee the special election.
Anticipated costs include the hiring of additional temporary staff, voter outreach, overtime for the city clerk’s staff, required publication of legal notices and other miscellaneous supplies.
The City Council will continue with only four council members until the election is over in July.
On Election Day, the city will have drive-up drop boxes in the City Hall parking lot, said City Clerk Maeve Grimes.
A ballot box will also be in the clerk’s office for those voters who do not want to mail their ballots, she said.
The final count of the ballots will begin June 18 and could take until July 12, which will give election workers time to verify voters, check signatures and do any other procedural work needed, she said.
The results will be announced no later than July 12.