Election Information

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Where to Vote
For the June 5 Statewide Primary Election, the City of Santa Clara has several locations available to the community to vote. See the complete list of locations and hours for Santa Clara polling centers.

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. Elected officers serve "at large," representing the entire community, rather than a particular district. 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. 

Anyone who is 18 years of age and who is a resident and registered voter in the City of Santa Clara may run for a seat on the City Council or for City Clerk. The Chief of Police has the same requirements as well as the minimum eligibility and qualification requirements imposed by State law upon candidates of the office of Sheriff.

The nomination period opens in early July of election years and appropriate papers to file and run for office may be obtained from the City Clerk. Due to the magnitude of forms, schedules and timelines during an election period, potential candidates for office are encouraged to schedule an orientation meeting with the City Clerk prior to the filing period. Potential candidates are required to gather twenty valid signatures of registered Santa Clara voters on a mandatory nomination form supplied by the City Clerk. Candidates who wish to have a statement of their qualifications published in the sample ballot, which is mailed to all registered votes, must pay their prorated share of the publishing/printing costs. If the candidate subscribes and adheres to the City's Voluntary Campaign Expenditure Limit program the City will pay half the cost of this statement.

Based on an established schedule, candidates must file statements reporting all campaign contributions and expenditures for the designated time period. These reports are available online and in the City Clerk's Office for public review.

2018 Election Information
Ballot Measure Guide - June 2018
Impartial Analysis
Ballot Argument in Favor of Ballot Measure
Ballot Argument Against Ballot Measure
Rebuttal Argument in Favor of Ballot Measure
Rebuttal Argument Against Ballot Measure
Measure A Information

Additional Election Information
Campaign Finance Ordinance 
Electronic Filing System 
Legislative Districts (PDF)
Political Campaign Finance Reform Act 
Political Sign Regulations 
Register to Vote 
Vote by Mail
November 4, 2014 Municipal Election


November 8, 2016 Municipal Election
November 8, 2016 Special Municipal Election (Ballot Measures)


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