Elections & Voter Services

General Information

The City of Rancho Palos Verdes holds its General Municipal Elections, for the election of City Council Members and consideration of ballot measures, in November of odd years, with the next General Municipal Election to be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. The City consolidates its election activities with the County of Los Angeles, which provides for voter registration, ballot materials, polling places and other critical elections functions.

Other Special Elections may be held when necessary.

Please visit the November 7, 2017 Election web page for full details on our upcoming election and candidate information.

City Council Elections

Each election year, Council Members are elected for a four-year term. These individuals are elected by, and from among, the registered voters of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes, to represent the interests of the City as a whole.

Beginning in year 2020, elections for the City of Rancho Palos Verdes will be changed from November in odd-numbered years to November in even-numbered years to coincide with statewide election dates.  As a result in the change in election date, the City Council Member terms of office that begin in 2017 will expire in November 2020 and terms of office that begin in 2019 will expire in November of 2022, causing a three-year term instead of the traditional four-year term.

Ballot Measures

Ballot measures affecting the City of Rancho Palos Verdes may be specific to Rancho Palos Verdes, or they may be part of a countywide initiative. The Rancho Palos Verdes City Council may add a measure to the ballot, or a measure may be added by a citizen or entity who submits a qualifying petition.

The City Clerk’s Office is the receiving agency for petitions for the placement of measures on the ballot. State law governs the timing and form of ballot measure petitions, and potential proponents are strongly encouraged to contact the City Clerk for more information before undertaking petitioning activity.

Campaign Statements

Campaign filings for Elected Officials and Candidates, Ballot Measure Committees and others are available in our Document Center.

Elections Official

The City Clerk serves as the Elections Official and as the Filing Officer for all required and mandated election forms. The City Clerk administers federal, state and local procedures through which local government representatives are elected. The City Clerk assists candidates in meeting their campaign responsibilities before, during and after an election.

Contact Us

  1. Emily Colborn, City Clerk
    Teri Takaoka, Deputy City Clerk

    Questions or Comments

    City Clerk's Office
    30940 Hawthorne Boulevard
    Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
    Phone: 310-544-5217
    Fax: 310-544-5291

    Office Hours
    Monday - Thursday
    7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

    7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Saturday - Sunday

    Staff Directory

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  1. Tue Oct. 10 - Tue Oct. 31

    Vote By Mail - First and Last Day to Apply Between these dates (10/10/17-10/31/17, both dates inclusive) applications may be filed. Applications received prior to the 29th day preceding the election will be kept and processed during this period.
  2. Mon Oct. 23

    Voter Registration Closes Last day to transfer or register to vote in the election.
  3. Tue Oct. 24 - Tue Nov. 7

    New Citizen Eligibility to Register and Vote Persons who become citizens after the close of registration may register to vote and vote up to Election Day. You must register to vote and vote at the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorders Norwalk main office only. New citizens must present a Certificate of Naturalization and declare that they have established residence in Los Angeles County.
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