November 3, 2020 General Municipal Election

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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
  • https://www.smcacre.org/ballot-drop-box-locations

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

General Information

  • 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 Procedures

  • 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 jblair@hmbcity.com and jroisman@hmbcity.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. 

Relevant Documents/Information

"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!

  1. Jessica Blair, CMC

    Communications Director/City Clerk

  2. Jonathan Roisman

    Deputy City Clerk
    Phone: 650-726-8266