General Municipal Election - Nov 3, 2020

The next General Municipal Election will be held in the City of Arroyo Grande on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, for the following Offices:

  • One (1) Mayor for a full term of two (2) years
  • Two (2) Members of the City Council for full terms of four (4) years

The nomination period for these offices begins on July 13, 2020 and closes on August 7, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.  If nomination papers for an incumbent officer of the City are not filed by August 7, 2020, the filing deadline will be extended to August 12, 2020. This extension is not applicable to incumbents.

Individuals interested in running for office can download Running for Local Office - A Quick Reference Guide for basic information about running for local office. This Guide is not intended to be a comprehensive document and does not include the forms required when running for office.  If you are interested in declaring your intent to run as a candidate earlier than the nomination period and are considering raising or spending money for your campaign, you are subject to certain filing requirements.

Due to local emergency declarations and orders as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, an appointment to receive and file nomination papers during regular business hours is required.  In accordance with guidelines provided by the California Secretary of State pertaining to the nomination period, alternative methods for issuing and filing certain documents will be made available; however, in order to be a qualified candidate for office, completed documents with original signatures must be received by the City Clerk by the close of the nomination period.  Please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 805-473-5414 or 805-473-5418 for more information, to confirm your eligibility to run for office, and to schedule an appointment.  

A Candidate Handbook will be provided to a prospective candidate when the nomination paper is issued during the nomination period.  It is recommended that candidates start the process early and file nomination papers well before the filing deadline, as all deadlines are firm and must be adhered to pursuant to State law. 

Campaign Disclosure Statements

The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) requires campaign disclosure reports from committees, candidates and elected officials at various times of the year. The City Clerk serves as the Filing Officer for local candidates. All filings are scanned and available for public review on the City’s website. Original documents (un-redacted) are public information and available in the City Clerk’s Office for review during regular business hours Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Copies of statements can be made upon receipt of payment to the City of 10 cents per page.

Voter Registration
Voter registration forms are available at the San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder’s Office, library, DMV, U.S. post offices, and City Hall.  For additional information, visit the California Secretary of State website.

On May 8, 2020, recognizing the threat COVID-19 continues to pose to public health, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-64-20  which, among other things, orders the November 3, 2020 General Election to be conducted as an all-mail ballot election. Accordingly, all registered voters in California will receive a vote-by-mail ballot in the mail before the election. In-person voting locations will still be available on Election Day. An update on in-person voting locations will be provided on the San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder’s website once the details of in-person voting and drop-off locations have been determined.

Additional Election Information and Resources

  • Fair Political Practices Commission : The Technical Assistance Division of the FPPC will provide telephone assistance Monday - Thursday, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM at (866) 275-3772 concerning campaign filing requirements and conflicts of interest.
  • Arroyo Grande City Clerk’s Office: The City Clerk is responsible for coordinating the Municipal Election and receiving all Campaign Filing Statements for local candidates. To contact the City Clerk’s Office, call (805) 473-5400, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm (except holidays), or send an e-mail.
  • San Luis Obispo County Election’s Office: Find your polling place, voter status and more online.
  • Voter’s Edge California is an online resource that provides nonpartisan information on elections and voting.
  • California Easy Voter Guide provides new voters and busy voters with nonpartisan information for statewide elections in California. 

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