The City Clerk is the Election Official for the City of Palo Alto and administers all municipal elections for the City. The City Clerk’s Office assists candidates in meeting their legal responsibilities from election pre-planning to certification of election results and filing of all campaign disclosure documents. The City Clerk's Office also assists with ballot initiatives, referendums and measures. The City of Palo Alto contracts with the County of Santa Clara Registrar of Voters to facilitate the election voting, but reserves the right to qualify all candidates for office.
Find election results from the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters here.
Note: There is a ballot drop box at the front door entrance at City Hall. 250 Hamilton Ave.
Lucie Stern Community Center - Ballroom
1305 Middlefield Rd
4 day Vote center
Cubberley Community Center - Pavilion
4000 Middlefield Rd
Mitchell Park Community Center - Adobe Room
3700 Middlefield Rd
Palo Alto Elks Lodge - Ballroom
4249 El Camino Real
Ventura Community Center - Activity Center
3990 Ventura Ct
Palo Alto Art Center - Auditorium
1313 Newell Rd
11 day Vote Center
Voter Registration Deadline: 15 days before Election DayUse the California Online Voter Registration System to register to vote!
Paper registration forms are available at the County Registrar of Voters Office, U.S. Post Offices, the Department of Motor Vehicles, and public libraries. Signed and completed forms must be returned in person or by mail, they cannot be faxed or e-mailed.
EligibilityYou can register to vote if you are:
You can pre-register to vote if you are:
Campaign finance is governed by the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) of the State of California. All candidates for state and local office and any committee formed to support or oppose a candidate or ballot measure are required to file campaign disclosure statements. The FPPC has manuals that walk you through the process. It is the responsibility of the candidate and/or committee to file the required campaign disclosure statements in a timely manner. If you have any questions please consult the FPPC's campaign disclosure manuals or ask the FPPC for advice.
Additionally, candidates running for local office are required to file Form 700 (Statement of Economic Interests). Investments, interests in real property, and business positions held on the date of filing your declaration of candidacy must be reported. The City of Palo Alto uses the online system NetFile for entering and disclosing candidate's statements.
NetFile Employee/Elected Official Login
NetFile System Public Portal
Political signs may be erected in conformity with Section 16.20 in the Palo Alto Municipal Code (PAMC). Political signs do not require a permit but there are some regulations to follow.
Please contact the City's Code Enforcement Division through PaloAlto311 or the City Clerk's Office at City.Clerk@cityofpaloalto.org to report non-compliant signs.
Download Santa Clara County Vote Centers here(PDF, 191KB)
Office of the City Clerk: City Hall 7th Floor250 Hamilton Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Last updated on November 15, 2022