November 5, 2019, General Municipal Election

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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.

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New Council Candidate Forum

The City Clerk's Office hosted two City Council Candidate Forums to review the nomination process and required campaign disclosure documents. Click here to download the presentation. If you would like to learn more about running for City Council, please contact the City Clerk's Office to schedule an appointment, at (760) 323-8206.

Official Nomination Period

The nomination period for this upcoming election is Monday, July 8, 2019 through Friday, August 9 , 2019. Please note that City Hall is closed on Fridays; however, the City Clerk's Office will hold special office hours on August 9, 2019, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., for the sole purpose of nomination processing.

If an incumbent does not file by the end of the nomination period, an extended nomination period will be effectuated, pursuant to the Elections Code Section 10225, and candidates other than the person who was the incumbent may file nomination papers for that office until August 14, 2019 (this does not apply to Districts 1 and 2, as there is no incumbent in these districts).

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.

Voter Registration/Eligibility

Register to VoteCalifornia 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.

Voter Status

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.

Request VBM

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.

Potential Candidates

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.

Click here to download the 2019 Precinct Map.

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Warning regarding Nomination Signatures

Please note that a person may only sign one nomination form. If a person signs more than one nomination, the candidate which submits their nomination form first will receive that nomination. Any subsequent candidate which submits the same signature will not have the nomination counted towards their minimum signature requirement.

Elections Code Section 8069, Sign only one paper; exceptions.

“No signer shall, at the time of signing a certificate, have his or her name signed to any other nomination paper for any other candidate for the same office....”

Sign Regulations

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.

Important Dates

  • July 31, 2019: FPPC Form 460, Semi-Annual Campaign Statements Due.
  • July 15-August 12: Nomination Period
  • August 12-14, 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.

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