November 3, 2020 General Municipal Election
Information for Voters
All-Mail Ballot Process
- SB 450 – Voter’s Choice Act
- All registered voters will be mailed a ballot between October 5-27
- Mail, drop off at a ballot drop box, or drop off at Vote Center
- If you do not receive a ballot, you can request one from the County or pick one up at any Vote Center in the County
Vote Centers / Ballot Drop Boxes
- 4-Day Vote Center (location TBD)
- Ballot Drop Boxes beginning October 6
- City Hall
- Half Moon Bay Library
- Senior Center (not open to public, for senior residents only)
- Link to other ballot drop boxes in the county
Voter Registration / Conditional
- Regular voter registration deadline is Monday, October 19
- Conditional voter registration
- At a Vote Center, you can register to vote by filling out a paper form or by filling out an online form. You will be given a provisional ballot that will count once your eligibility is verified.
- Pre-Registration starting at 16 years old
- Register to vote: https://registertovote.ca.gov/
Information for Candidates
- For the November 3, 2020, only registered voters from Districts 2 and 3 will be able to run for an open seat. The candidate elected will then serve as the district councilmember for that district for a term of four years.
- Councilmembers attend all City Council meetings, may be appointed to subcommittees and outside agencies, attend a variety of interagency meetings and events, as well as other commitments.
- Questions regarding time commitment, process, protocols, etc. may be asked during the paper pulling appointment.
- City staff will onboard new councilmembers and support them during the transition to becoming an elected official.
- Candidate Orientation will be held virtually in late August.
- Nomination papers and all election forms will be provided electronically by the City Clerk or Deputy City Clerk – pulling and filing papers will be done by appointment only via Zoom / email. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com to set up an appointment.
- Physical nomination papers will not be provided, but wet signatures are still required.
- The entire packet with wet signatures must be received by City Hall by Friday, August 7, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. via mail or physical drop-off.
- Campaign Finance Forms will now be filed electronically via NetFile
- *Candidates may be nominated by signatures of not less than 20 and no more than 30 registered voters from their district.
- *Suggested ways of gathering signatures during the pandemic:
- Throw a “bring your own pen” party with a table in your driveway during a set time and ask those who wish to sign to bring their own pens and sign the form – make sure to maintain social distancing and wear face coverings.
- Email the nomination form to interested signatories and have them drop off or mail their wet signatures to you.
"Election Q&A" June 25 Presentation
Learn about the City’s switch to district-based elections, which starts this November. Click the link above to view the presentation from the meeting. You can also watch the presentation below!