City of Palm Springs, General Municipal Election
The City of Palm Springs will hold a General Municipal Election on November 5, 2019, for the purpose of electing three City Councilmembers - one each from Districts 1, 2, and 3. This election will begin the first phase of the City's transition to district-based elections. The transition will be fully complete following the November 2020 election when City Councilmembers are elected from Districts 4 and 5. Download our brochure to learn more about the districting process.
New Council Candidate Forum
If you are interested in running for City Council, you are encouraged to attend a Council Candidate Forum to learn more about the rules and regulations related to campaigning.
- April 15, 2019, 6-8 p.m.
Demuth Community Center
3601 E. Mesquite Avenue, Palm Springs
- April 23, 2019, 6-8 p.m.
James O. Jessie Unity Center
480 Tramview Road, Palm Springs
Official Nomination Period
The nomination period for this upcoming election is Monday, July 15, 2019 through Monday, August 12, 2019. If any incumbent does not file for office, the deadline will be extended to Wednesday, August 14, 2019.
Below are the candidate qualifications for elected office:
- Be registered to vote at their current residence in the City of Palm Springs.
- Must reside in the district in which they are running.
- Obtain not less than 80 nor more than 120 voter signatures on the Nomination Paper.
- A citizen of the United States.
- Not disqualified from holding office by the Constitution or laws of the State of California.
Please contact the City Clerk's Office at (760) 323-8204 to schedule an appointment for the issuance of nomination papers and the candidate manual. Regular business hours are 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Please note that persons filing their FPPC Form 501 (Candidate Intention Statement) and Form 410 (Statement of Organization) are considered potential candidate until such time as their official nomination paper has been filed and signatures have been verified.
California Elections Code Section 2000, et al., states that every person at least 18 years of age who qualifies under the California Constitution and complies with the Elections Code governing the registration of electors may vote at any election held within the territory within which he or she resides and the election is held.
I own a second home in Palm Springs. Can I vote in the upcoming election?
As mentioned above, a citizen may vote in elections in which he or she resides. California Elections Code Section 349 defines "Residence" for voting purposes means a person's domicile. A domicile of a person is that place in which his or her habitation is fixed, wherein the person has the intention of remaining, and to which, whenever he or she is absent, the person has the intention of returning. At a given time, a person may only have one domicile.
If you determine that your residence is located within the City's limits and you are at least 18 years of age at the time of the election, you are encouraged to verify your voter registration status and/or register to vote.
If you are interested in running for City Council, initial steps include filing the Fair Political Practices Commission's (FPPC) Form 501 (Candidate Intention Statement) with the City Clerk which will enable you to begin soliciting campaign contributions and making campaign expenditures. Typically, candidate will concurrently file their FPPC Form 410 (Statement of Organization) with the Secretary of State, including a filing fee of $50. Candidates are encouraged to make an appointment with the City Clerk to review these documents before filing. Please note that the City Clerk is the local filing official but may not answer technical questions regarding the FPPC Forms. You are encouraged to review the FPPC Campaign Manuals and to contact the FPPC directly at 1-866-ASK-FPPC (1-866-275-3772). Telephone advice is available Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
The City of Palm Springs has regulations regarding the installation of temporary signs, including political campaign signs. Click here to download information regarding the placement of signs in residential, commercial, and industrial zones. Please note that signs are not to be placed in the public right-of-way or public property.
- July 31, 2019: FPPC Form 460, Semi-Annual Campaign Statements Due.
- July 15-August 12: Nomination Period
- August 12-15, 2019: Extended Nomination Period, if an incumbent does not file.
- September 26, 2019: FPPC Form 460, 1st Pre-Election Campaign Statements Due.
- October 7, 2019: First day Vote-By-Mail (VBM) Ballots are issued.
- October 21, 2019: Last day to register to vote.
- October 24, 2019: FPPC Form 460, 2nd Pre-Election Campaign Statements Due.
- November 5, 2019: Election Day!
Campaign Disclosure Documents
For convenience, below are the Candidate Intention Statements (FPPC Form 501) and Statements of Organization (FPPC Form 410) for potential candidates. You may view and download campaign statements for all open committees by clicking here.
- Adrian Alcantar for Palm Springs City Council, District 2, 2019 - 410 - 2019-02-28_Redacted
- Adrian Alcantar for Palm Springs City Council, District 2, 2019 - 501 - 2019-02-28_Redacted
- Carl Baker for City Council District 2, 2019 - 410 - 2019-02-25_Redacted
- Carl Baker for City Council District 2, 2019 - 410 - 2019-03-18_Redacted
- Carl Baker for City Council District 2, 2019 - 410 Amend - 2019-03-19_Redacted
- Carl Baker for City Council District 2, 2019 - 501 - 2019-01-07 Redacted
- Elect Les Young Palm Springs City Council 2019 District 1 - 410 - 2019-02-04_Redacted
- Elect Les Young Palm Springs City Council 2019 District 1 - 501 - 2019-02-04_Redacted
- Geoff Kors for City Council, District 3, 2019 - 410 2019-01-24_Redacted
- Geoff Kors for City Council, District 3, 2019 - 410 Amend 2019-02-19_Redacted
- Geoff Kors for City Council, District 3, 2019 - 501 2019-01-24_Redacted
- Grace Garner for Palm Springs City Council District 1, 2019 - 410 2019-02-04_Redacted
- Grace Garner for Palm Springs City Council District 1, 2019 - 410 0219-01-10_Redacted
- Grace Garner for Palm Springs City Council District 1, 2019 - 410 2019-02-28_Redacted
- Grace Garner for Palm Springs City Council District 1, 2019 - 410 Amend 2019-02-19_Redacted
- Grace Garner for Palm Springs City Council District 1, 501 2019-01-14_Redacted
- Peter Maietta for Palm Springs City Council District 2 - 2019 - 410 2019-01-31_Redacted
- Peter Maietta for Palm Springs City Council District 2 - 2019 - 501 2019-01-31_Redacted
- Summer Helene for City Council, District 1 - 2019 501 2019-03-05_Redacted
- Summer Helene for City Council, District 1 - 2019 - 410 - 2019-03-05_Redacted