The City Clerk oversees administration of citywide elections and election services. Regular elections are consolidated with statewide elections, scheduled on the first Tuesday of November of even-numbered years to fill expired City Council terms. All election services are provided according the California Elections Code. The next scheduled General Municipal Election is to be held November 3, 2020.
Voter Registration Forms Available:
Other Election Services: The City Clerk provides all local municipal election services. Our goal is to facilitate the democratic process by providing all citizens with equal access to election services. Residents interested in the following services should contact the City Clerk to learn more. Click here to e-mail the City Clerk.
- Initiative Process: An initiative is legislation developed by the local citizens and brought forward for Council consideration through the petition process. The Council may approve the legislation or place the matter on the ballot for election.
- Referendum Process: The referendum process provides voters with an opportunity to challenge legislation that has been approved by the City Council. This is done through the petition process and must be completed within 30 days of the Council’s approval.
- Recall Process: Elected officials may be recalled from office through this petition process.
Campaign Contribution Limits
San Juan Capistrano Municipal Code Section 2-4.103 (Ordinance Number 1011) limits campaign contributions made by any person to any candidate and any controlled committed of that candidate may not exceed $500.00 for any municipal election. The limit shall be adjusted every 2 years by resolution beginning in January 2016.
In January 2018, the City Council adopted Resolution 18-01-16-03 increasing the campaign contribution limit to $540.00.