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.
Proposition B, which was approved by voters at the November 2012 election, provides for some significant changes in elections in the City of Chula Vista:
- District Elections. City Councilmembers are 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, or if there are only two candidates that qualify to run for the seat. In November, the candidate with the highest number of votes is elected.
It is the duty of the City Clerk to conduct Municipal Elections
in accordance with the City Charter,
the City of Chula Vista Municipal
Code, the Elections
Code, and the Political
Reform Act of 1974.
The City Council of the City of Chula Vista adopted a Campaign Contribution Ordinance, available in Chapter 2.52 of the Chula Vista Municipal Code.
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 Registar 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.