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.

Elections 

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.

Voting

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. 

November 6, 2018 Election - Who/What is on the Ballot?

Candidates Qualified for the Ballot (in ballot order per Randomized Alphabet Drawing)

Alison Cormack  Candidate Statement  electcormack@gmail.com
Eric Filseth  Candidate Statement efilseth@gmail.com
Tom DuBois Candidate Statement tomforcouncil@gmail.com
Cory Wolbach
Candidate Statement votecorywolbach@gmail.com
Pat Boone Candidate Statement patrick@boonecalifornia.com

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

Healthcare Cost Citizen Initiative - Measure F

2018 Election Information and Resources

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 david.carnahan@cityofpaloalto.org or (650) 329-2267.

Printable Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) can be found online - FPPC Forms

Last Updated: Oct 10, 2018