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Election Information

General Municipal Election

With a population of just over 110,000, Carlsbad is known for strong community engagement, including having one of the highest voter turnout rates in San Diego County.  The City of Carlsbad’s upcoming election on Nov. 4 is your opportunity to directly participate in choosing the city’s elected leaders. 

Elected officials in Carlsbad are responsible for setting policies and making decisions that shape the future of our city, our quality of life and our economy.  Carlsbad is a charter city governed by a five-member City Council.  Elected officials, including a Mayor, City Council Members, City Clerk and City Treasurer, serve staggered four year terms.

The Office of the City Clerk is responsible for conducting elections in a fair and impartial manner.  The Assistant City Clerk serves as the city’s election official, responsible for calling the election, consolidating with the county general election, issuing nomination papers, placing city measures on the ballot, and conducting municipal elections in accordance with the City of Carlsbad Municipal Code, the Elections Code and the Political Reform Act of 1974.  It is the responsibility of all candidates/committees to follow constitutional, statutory, and city code provisions applicable to elections.

The Assistant City Clerk also serves as the Local Filing Officer for all filings and statements of economic interest required by the Political Reform Act and enforced by the Fair Political Practices Commission. 


Notice of Election

The official notice of the Nov. 4, 2014 election is available at City Hall and advertised in local newspapers.  Seats available are Mayor, two-City Council Members, City Clerk and City Treasurer.

Once the candidate filing period has closed, candidate information will be posted to the website.  Nomination period is July 14 – Aug. 8, 2014.


General Requirements for Candidacy

      •   Must be resident of City of Carlsbad
      •  18 years of age or older
      •  A registered voter eligible to vote within the City of Carlsbad

 If interested in becoming a candidate, contact the Assistant City Clerk Shelley Collins at 760-434-2917 or to schedule an appointment.


Your Vote Counts!

The deadline to register to vote in any election is 15 days prior to the election (Oct. 20, 2014). 

      • Voter registration forms can be picked up at City Hall, Council Chamber, Registrar of Voters, U.S. Post Offices, public libraries and the DMV.  You can also register to vote online through the California Secretary of State website. 
      • You must re-register to vote if you have moved or changed your name.
      • Need help locating your polling place?  Contact the City Clerk’s Office or the Registrar of Voters.

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Election Day.





Contact Information

City Clerk

1200 Carlsbad Village Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008