Elections & Voter Services

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Click the following link for November 3, 2020 General Election  Information - Important Reminders.

The General Municipal Election, previously scheduled for November 3, 2020, has been canceled.

On June 2, 2020, the City Council called for the General Municipal Election to be held for the election of two members of City Council. The nomination period began on July 13th and ended on August 7th, with only two candidates nominated – incumbents Mayor Cruikshank and Mayor Pro Tem Alegria, for the two open seats.

Per Elections Code 10229, when this occurs, the local agency (City Council) is authorized to appoint to each office those nominated as though they were elected at a municipal election. This appointment also causes the previously scheduled election to be canceled and yields an approximate savings of over $100K to the City’s budget. The City Clerk has also been directed to not accept for filing any statement of a write in candidate which is submitted after the appointments are made.

During the August 18, 2020, City Council meeting, the City Council appointed John Cruikshank and Eric Alegria to take office and serve exactly as though elected at a municipal election for a full term of four years.  They will be sworn into office during the December 1st Regular City Council meeting.

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 even years, with the next General Municipal Election to be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 being canceled. 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.

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.

California Secretary of State
Fair Political Practices Commission
Los Angeles County
League of Women Voters
Voter's Edge California, Smart Voter, League of Women Voters
  1. Teri Takaoka

    City Clerk

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    Deputy City Clerk

  3. City Clerk

    Physical Address
    30940 Hawthorne Boulevard
    Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275


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