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It is the duty of the City Clerk to conduct local elections in accordance with federal, state, and local laws.  Chula Vista consolidates its General Municipal Elections with the Statewide Primary Elections. In order to be elected to the City Council or office of the City Attorney, a majority vote of the people of the City is required. The City Council consists of five members: four Councilmembers and a Mayor. The term of office for each member is four years, and there is a limit of two consecutive terms for each position.

Currently, the Mayor and City Councilmembers are elected at-large.  Each Councilmember represents the City in its entirety.

District Elections. City Councilmembers will be elected "by district," beginning in 2016 and phased-in completely by 2018. Each Councilmember will represent one of four geographic districts The Mayor will continue to serve the community at-large.

Mandatory Run-Off. Effective in 2014, the election process for the Mayor, the City Attorney, and City Councilmembers requires a November "run-off" election for each office, regardless of whether one candidate receives greater than 50% of the vote in the general election. If only two candidates qualify to run for the seat, no election will be held for that seat in June, and the two candidates will be on the ballot in November. In November, the candidate with the highest number of votes is elected.


YOUR VOTE COUNTS!   Register to Vote


The deadline to register to vote in any election is 15 days prior to the election. Registration forms are available in the Office of the City Clerk, at all Chula Vista Public Library branches, as well as on the Registrar of Voters' website.

Voter information, including polling locations, and frequently asked questions can be found on the Registrar of Voters' website.


Remember, you must re-register if you have moved or changed your name.



Links to Election Laws and Regulations:

Political Reform Act of 1974

City Charter

Chula Vista Fine Assessment and Wavier Policy for Late Filings of Campaign Statements

Chula Vista Municipal Code Chapter 2.52 (Campaign Contributions)

Chula Vista Municipal Code Section 19.60.060(K) (Political Signs)


Excerpt of City Council Policy 465-02

VI. Temporary Political, Religious, Labor Protest and Other Noncommercial Signs in Traditional Public Forum Areas

In areas qualifying as traditional public forums, such as streets, parks and sidewalks, persons may display noncommercial message signs thereon without first obtaining a Public Property sign permit, provided that their sign displayed on Public Property conforms to all of the following:

A. The signs must be personally held by a person, or personally attended by one or more persons. "Personally attended" means that a person is physically present within five feet of the sign at all times.

B. The signs may be displayed only during the time period of sunrise to sunset.

C. The maximum aggregate size of all signs held by a single person is 10 square feet.

D. The maximum size of any one sign which is personally attended by two or more persons is 50 square feet.

E. The displayed signs may not be inflatable or air-activated.
F. In order to serve the City’s interests in traffic flow and safety, persons displaying signs under this section may not stand in any vehicular traffic lane when a roadway is open for use by vehicles, and persons displaying signs on public sidewalks must give at least five feet width clearance for pedestrians to pass by.

If a person’s noncommercial sign does not conform to A.-F. of this paragraph, the sign shall not be allowed anywhere on Public Property.


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