For information about the November 2018 City Council Election, please visit the menu items at left. 

General Information

The City of Pismo Beach holds a General Election in November of every even-numbered year for the purpose of electing a Mayor and two Council Members. Additionally, ballot measures affecting Pismo Beach may appear on the ballot. The City consolidates its election activities with those of the San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder's Office, 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, a Mayor is elected for a two-year term, and two Council Members are elected for a four-year term. These individuals are elected by, and from among, the registered voters of Pismo Beach, to represent the interests of the City as a whole. More information is available on our City Council webpage.

The Pismo Beach City Clerk's Office is the receiving agency for nomination papers for City Council candidates. Potential candidates, and citizens interested in more information about candidates, are encouraged to contact the City Clerk at 773-7003 for more information.

Ballot Measures

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

The Pismo Beach City Clerk's Office is the receiving agency for petitions for the placement of Pismo Beach-specific 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.

Election Times

General Elections are held the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of even-numbered years, concurrent with the statewide election. Timing of Special Elections will vary. 

Campaign Statements

Campaign filings for Mayoral Candidates, City Council Candidates, Ballot Measure Committees and others are available the Elections folder in the Access Pismo document repository.

Elections Official

As the City's Elections Official, 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.