Municipal Elections

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    General Election & Voter Registration Information


    The next General Election will be held November 3, 2020.

    General Municipal Elections are conducted in the City of San Luis Obispo in November of even-numbered years. General Elections results may be found on the County Clerk Recorder web site.

    Each election cycle two Council Member seats and the Mayor seat are open for election. Council Member terms are for four years and the Mayor's term is for two years. Current Council terms are listed on the Mayor and City Council page of this website under "Contacting Council". More information concerning Elective Officials and their terms may be found in the City Charter, Article IV.

    Voter Registration

    City of San Luis Obispo November 3, 2020 Election:

    The following seats will be up for election:

    • Mayor Heidi Harmon – 2-year term (December 2020 through December 2022)
    • Council Member Aaron Gomez – 4-year term (December 2020 through December 2024)
    • Council Member Andy Pease – 4-year term (December 2020 through December 2024)

    Eligibility requirements to run for office are:

    • You must be a resident of the City of San Luis Obispo for at least thirty (30) days prior to the date of the election, and
    • Be a registered voter in the City of San Luis Obispo.

    The following individuals have filed their "Candidate Intention Statement:"

    Jeffrey C. Specht - Mayor

    The following Candidates qualified for the ballot:

    Currently there are no candidates qualified for the ballot. 

    Campaign Filing Requirements:

    1. File a Candidate Intention Statement  FPPC Form 501. Prospective candidates can file their FPPC Form 501 anytime between now and the Nomination Period.
    2. After filing FPPC Form 501, should a candidate begin to campaign and raise funds he/or she must also file an originally signed FPPC Form 410 with the Secretary of State (copy of the form to be submitted to the Clerk's office) within 10 days of receiving $2,000.  

    Instructions for both forms are on the first page of each form. Please read the instructions carefully and thoroughly, and contact Teresa Purrington, City Clerk – (805) 781-7102,  Prospective candidates can mail or drop off their FPPC forms at City of San Luis Obispo, 990 Palm Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.

    Candidate Handbook:

    The City has developed a handbook for candidates to use as a general resource guide to assist in facilitating the election process (linked below). An updated version will be made available in 2020.

    Campaign Disclosure Statements

    Beginning in 2020, Campaign Statements are accepted as electronic uploads directly from campaign officials following submission of their Statement of Organization (410 Form) to the City Clerk's office. All original documents (un-redacted) are public information and available in the City Clerk Office for review during regular business hours Monday through Friday, or copied at the cost of .10 cents per page.

    Candidate Controlled Committees, Primarily Formed Committees, and General Purpose Committees financial disclosure documents may be viewed at the following links:

    Past election campaign statements are available for inspection and copy in the office of the City Clerk during normal business hours.



    Election Campaign

    The City of San Luis Obispo has enacted local election campaign regulations contained in Chapter 2.40 of the Municipal Code.

    Political Signs

    The City and State have established certain rules regarding the placement of posters, leaflets, banners, and other information that fall into the category of political signs. These rules are designed to keep the City clean and safe. Failure to comply may result in confiscation of signs, levying of fines (Municipal Code 1.24), citations for an infraction or misdemeanor prosecution.

    Basic rules include:

    1.  Up to three temporary signs are allowed in conformance with the following requirements:
      • Regardless of the total number of signs posted at any time, temporary signs shall not exceed 120 days per sign in total duration per calendar year;
      • Individual signs shall not exceed five square feet; 
      • Temporary signs may only be placed in the yard area.
    2. You may not put political signs on public property; this includes public buildings and property, public easements, public rights-of-way, parkways, parks, public open space, utility poles, street signs and trees. 
    3. You must have the owner's permission to display signs on private property.
    4. Political signs may be put up at any time prior to the election without City permission; however they must be removed no later than ten (10) days following the election (City Ordinance No. 1407, 2002 Series).
    5. It is illegal to put leaflets, political or otherwise, in or on a vehicle unless the driver or passenger accepts it.  Fines for putting leaflets on cars, e.g., under windshield wipers, can be as high as $1,000, as each leaflet may be considered as a separate violation.

    Past Election information may be found in our archive or by contacting the City Clerk.