City of San Carlos - General Municipal Election


General Municipal Elections

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The City of San Carlos is a General Law City that, effective April 25, 2017, holds its elections in November of even-numbered years. The Mayor and Vice-Mayor are appointed by the City Council for a one-year term in December. 

Since 1982, San Carlos' General Municipal Elections were held on odd-numbered years. On February 27, 2017, the City Council adopted Ordinance 1519 in compliance with Senate Bill 415, which mandates certain qualified agencies to consolidate their General Municipal Elections with a statewide General Election date.  The City Council determined that the most appropriate method of compliance is to  move the November 2017 election to November 2018 and the November 2019 election to November 2020, thereby extending all currently seated elected officials’ term by one year. The Ordinance became operative after it was approved by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors on April 25, 2017. For more information, please contact the City Clerk.

Register to Vote
You may register to vote online. Registration forms are also available in the City Clerk’s office at City Hall. If you would like a Voter Registration form sent to you, please call the Clerk's office at 650-802-4219 or email your request to

Register to Vote By Mail
There are several ways to register to vote by mail:

1. Completing the online application (one time request)

2. Completing and returning the printed application form to become a permanent Vote by Mail Voter

3. Completing the application on the back cover of your Sample Ballot Pamphlet

4. Sending a written request for an absentee ballot which must include your full name, your residence address in San Mateo County, mailing address where you want your ballot sent (if different from your residence address), name & date of election you want to receive a ballot for, and your signature.

You may submit your request via fax to 650-312-5348 or via mail to:

Registration & Elections Division
40 Tower Road
San Mateo, CA 94402
Attention: Vote by Mail Unit

Sites that may be of interest:
County Election website
California Secretary of State 
California Voter Foundation
League of Women Voters of California