City of Palo Alto Election Information
October 22 is the last day to register to vote in California for the November 6 Election.
Registration can be completed or verified online at registertovote.ca.gov.
The City Clerk is the Elections Official for the City. The role of the City Clerk in legislative and elective processes requires neutrality and independence as key qualities in conducting the business of the Office. Elections include General Municipal Elections, Various Ballot Measures, the nomination process for Council Candidates, the Processing of Initiatives and Petitions, Referendums, Recalls, Charter Amendments, and Special Elections.
All elections are conducted in accordance with the City Charter and State Law for Council Members and Ballot Measures.
In Palo Alto, voters can submit their ballots at the City Clerk's Office at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. or to the outside drop box at Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Rd. Ballots can be dropped off at any time of the day at Ricnonada Library's outside drop box at 1213 Newell Rd., among other 24/7 drop-off locations across the county.
Residents can also send their ballots in the mail with prepaid postage included with each ballot. Ballots submitted by mail must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by Nov. 9. Physically submitted ballots are due by 8 p.m. on Election Day.
Candidates Qualified for the Ballot (in ballot order per Randomized Alphabet Drawing)
|Alison Cormack||Candidate Statementemail@example.com|
|Eric Filseth||Candidate Statementfirstname.lastname@example.org
|Tom DuBois||Candidate Statementemail@example.com|
|Pat Boone||Candidate Statementfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Three City Council Seats - (DuBois, Filseth, Wolbach)
- June 18, 2018: Staff Report - Action Minutes - Resolution 9776
On November 4, 2014, the voters of Palo Alto approved Measure D, reducing the size of the City Council from nine members to seven members, effective January 1, 2019 - Resolution 9474 certifying the November 4, 2014 Election results.
Transient Occupancy Tax (Hotel/Motel Tax) City Measure - Measure E
- June 18, 2018: Staff Report - Action Minutes
- July 30, 2018: Staff Report - Action Minutes - Resolution 9783
- Ballot Question: To provide funding for vital City services such as ensuring modern, stable 911 emergency communications, earthquake safe fire stations and emergency command center; improving pedestrian and bicyclist safety; ensuring safe routes to schools; maintaining City streets and sidewalks; and other city services, shall the City of Palo Alto adopt an ordinance increasing the transient occupancy tax paid by hotel, motel, short-term rental guests by 1.5%, providing approximately $2.55 million annually until ended by voters, subject to annual audits?
- Impartial Analysis
- Arguments: In Favor of Measure E | Against Measure E
- Rebuttals: To the Argument In Favor of Measure E | To the Argument Against Measure E
Healthcare Cost Citizen Initiative - Measure F
- June 11, 2018: Staff Report - Action Minutes
- June 18, 2018: Staff Report - Staff Memorandum - Action Minutes - Resolution 9777
- Ballot Question: Shall the Palo Alto Municipal Code be amended to regulate and limit the amount that hospitals, medical clinics and other health care providers in Palo Alto may charge patients or other individuals, primary insurers, secondary insurers, and other payers, excluding government payers?
- Impartial Analysis
- Arguments: In Favor of Measure F | Against Measure F
- Rebuttals: To the Argument In Favor of Measure F | To the Argument Against Measure F
2018 Election Information and Resources
- Ballot Measure Argument Information and Forms
- Election Guide / Candidate Guide
- Abbreviated General Election Calendar
- Election Day and Election Canvass Information
- General Municipal Election Information
- Preliminary Election Information
- Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters
- State of California Election Code
- City of Palo Alto Charter and Municipal Code
- Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) - Filing Schedules
Campaign & Conflict Laws
Filed Campaign Statements are available via the NetFile Public Portal*
*Electronically filed Campaign Statements are available online in real time. Paper filed Campaign Statements are available online within one business day of filing.
The posting of campaign contributions online is required pursuant to Municipal Code Section 2.40.040.
The City Clerk is the local Filing Officer for the State of California. All local campaign Committees are required to file Campaign Statements with the City Clerk. The City Clerk maintains regulations and forms under the State's Political Reform Act.
All election Form 410, 460, 461, 465, 470, 497, or 501's filed by Council candidates are provided by the City Clerk Office via a public portal located at the NetFile System Public Portal link.
Electronic filing of campaign statements is encouraged and in many cases required pursuant to Municipal Code Section 2.40.065.
If you have any questions regarding the NetFile program or campaign statements, please contact David Carnahan, Deputy City Clerk at email@example.com or (650) 329-2267.
Printable Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) can be found online - FPPC Forms