- General Election & Voter Registration Information
- City: November Election Council Seats and Measure Information
- Prospective Candidate Information, including appointments with the City Clerk to obtain Nomination papers
- Campaign Disclosure Information
- Local Election-related Regulations
General Election & Voter Registration Information
General Municipal Elections are conducted in the City of San Luis Obispo in November of even-numbered years. The latest General Municipal Election was held November 6, 2018. 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 forms are available at the San Luis Obispo County Clerk's office, library, DMV and U.S. post offices.
- For additional information see the California Secretary of State web site.
City of San Luis Obispo November 6, 2018 Election:
The following seats were up for election:
- Mayor Heidi Harmon – 2-year term (December 2018 through December 2020)
- Council Member Carlyn Christianson – 4-year term (December 2018 through December 2022)
- Council Member Dan Rivoire – 4-year term (December 2018 through December 2022)
The following Candidates qualified for the ballot:
Mayor - Keith Gurnee, Heidi Harmon and Donald Hedrick
City Council - Carlyn Christianson, Sarah Flickinger, James Lopes, Abe Lincoln, Jeffery Specht, Erica Stewart, and Robert “Bob” Voglin.
Measure F-18, Cannabis Business Tax Measure
On June 5, 2018, the City Council of the City of San Luis Obispo approved by a 5 – 0 vote to put the proposed Cannabis Business Tax Measure of the ballot for the November 6, 2018 Municipal Election. Below are the proposed Cannabis Business Tax Ordinance, City Attorney’s Impartial Analysis and Arguments in Favor of the Measure. Arguments Against and Rebuttals can be submitted to the City Clerk’s office up to 5:00 PM Friday, June 29, 2018. To learn more about Measure F-18, here is a Fact Sheet.
Please contact Teresa Purrington, City Clerk with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 805-781-7100.
- Notice to Voters of Date After Which No Arguments for or Against A City Measure May Be Submitted to the City Clerk
- Proposed Cannabis Business Tax Resolution and Ordinance
- City Attorney's Impartial Analysis
- Arguments in Favor of the Measure
- Fact Sheet
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.
Campaign Filing Requirements:
- File a Candidate Intention Statement FPPC Form 501. Prospective candidates can file their FPPC Form 501 anytime between now and the Nomination Period.
- 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, email@example.com. Prospective candidates can mail or drop off their FPPC forms at City of San Luis Obispo, 990 Palm Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.
The City has developed a handbook for candidates to use as a general resource guide to assist in facilitating the election process. To schedule an appointment with the City Clerk to review the Candidate Handbook and receive Nomination Papers, please sign up via the linked Appointment Calendar.
To ensure integrity of Campaign Statements, each page, as submitted to the City Clerk, is scanned and placed in the City's Imaging System. 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.
You can view Candidate Controlled Committee, Primarily Formed Committee, and General Purpose Committee financial disclosure documents here. Past election campaign statements are available for inspection and copy in the office of the City Clerk during normal business hours.
The City of San Luis Obispo has enacted local election campaign regulations contained in Chapter 2.40 of the Municipal Code.
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:
- 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.
- You must have the owner's permission to display signs on private property.
- 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).
- 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.