Election Information

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Overview

The Municipal Elections are held in November of even numbered years. The elective officers of the City consist of a City Council made up of six Councilmembers and a directly elected Mayor, the Chief of Police and the City Clerk, who are elected in a non-partisan election. Pursuant to the court order issued in July 2018, Council Members are now elected by District. There are six districts (see map) and only registered voters who reside within the District up for office may run and only those registered voters that reside in the District up for election may vote for their respective candidates. The Mayor, Chief of Police and City Clerk serve at-large.

The Mayor and the City Council are elected to four-year overlapping terms. Each may serve a maximum of two consecutive terms. The City Clerk and the Chief of Police are also elected to four-year terms with no term limits. 

For More Information

City Clerk's Office
408-615-2220
email clerk@santaclaraca.gov

Candidate and Community Forums related to November 2018 Election

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Expand/Contract Questions and Answers

  • What is changing about Council member elections in the City of Santa Clara?

  • How is the new Council election system different?

  • When do the Council Districts go into effect?

  • How were the District boundaries determined?

  • Will all Council member votes have equal weight?

  • Will District Council members vote on issues that are outside of their district boundaries?

  • How do I know which Council District I live in?

  • Who is eligible to run for a District Council member position?

  • How do I find out who is running for each Council District?

  • Who is eligible to vote for a District Council member position?

  • How do I know if I’m registered to vote?

  • Do I have to change my voter registration to be eligible to vote for my District Council member?

  • Is it too late for me to become a candidate for my District Council seat on the November ballot?

  • Is the election system for electing Mayor changing?

  • Is the election system for electing Chief of Police changing?

  • Is the election system for electing City Clerk changing?

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