Referendum and Election Regarding Fireworks

The City of Rohnert Park is holding an election on Tuesday, September 14 2021 in which voters will decide whether or not to ban the sale and use of state-approved fireworks. All Rohnert Park active voters will receive a vote by mail ballot for the September 14, 2021 election. You can return your ballot to any polling place on Election Day. If you prefer to vote in person, you may visit your assigned polling place on Election Day to cast a ballot. Ballot drop boxes will be open by August 17th and be open through 8pm on Election Day for depositing your vote by mail ballot. To find your polling place, please visit the County of Sonoma Voter Information Lookup for the September 14, 2021 California Gubernatorial Recall Election. To see a list of ballot drop box locations, go to https://sonomacounty.ca.gov/where-to-vote

Measure D on the ballot will have the following question: 

Shall Ordinance No. 954, An Ordinance of the City Council of Rohnert Park Repealing and Replacing Chapter 9.49 of the Rohnert Park Municipal Code to Prohibit the Sale and Use of Fireworks, be adopted?

A “yes” vote on Measure D means that Ordinance 954 would be enacted and the City’s existing regulations
would be amended to prohibit the sale or use of “safe and sane” fireworks in the City.

A “no” vote on Measure D, means that Ordinance 954 would not be enacted and the sale and use of “safe and sane” fireworks would continue to be allowed in the City. 

NOTICES AND DOCUMENTS

To read the City Attorney Impartial Analysis, Ballot Arguments in Favor and Against Measure D as well as the Rebuttal Arguments, please click here. 

To see the Notice of Schedule and Procedures for the filing of Ballot Arguments for a City Measure for the September 14, 2021 Special Municipal Election Please Click Here

To read the Notice of Election Please Click Here.

BALLOT MEASURE COMMITTEES
A ballot measure committee is an individual or group receiving $2,000 or more in a calendar year for the qualification, passage, or defeat of a ballot measure. Two such Committees have been formed in Rohnert Park, one to support Measure D and one to oppose it.

To review the Statement of Organization (Form 410) and Campaign Statements for No on Measure D - Citizens for a Safe 4th of July , Sponsored by American Promotional Events, Inc. - West and Yes on Measure D: Protect our Future, please visit our Campaign Statement Filings webpage.

DEADLINES TO KEEP IN MIND:

August 16, 2021

Voting by mail opens and this is the first day Vote-by-Mail ballots can be picked up at Registrar of Voters Office

August 30, 2021

Voter registration deadline. Please visit our Voter Resources Page to learn how to register to vote

September 14, 2021

Election Day

September 17, 2021

This is the last day the County's Registrar of Voters Office can accept Vote-by-Mail ballots. Please make sure you postmarked no later than 9/14/2021 so they can be counted!

October 14, 2021

This is the last day for the County to certify election results.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION RE MEASURE D

On April 27, 2021 Council adopted Ordinance No. 954 to prohibit the Sale and Use of Fireworks. A proponent submitted a referendum petition protesting the Ordinance. The Ordinance was suspended. Meaning, the sale and use of safe and sane fireworks in the City would not be stopped. The Petition was examined and at the City Council Meeting of May 25, 2021 the Council decided to call a Special Election. Please click here to see the Clerk's Presentation.

Please contact the Clerk's Office at 707-588-2227 or via email at [email protected] for more information.