Election & Voter Information

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 to the California Elections Code. The next scheduled General Municipal Election is to be held November 8, 2022.

General Municipal Election – November 8, 2022

The next General Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2022, for the election of three City Council Members, each for a four-year term, one from District 2, one from District 3, and from District 4.   The City Council adopted resolutions to officially call the election for City officers.

Calls Council Election (Resolution 22-05-17-01) (PDF)

Notice of Election (PDF)

Notice that there are no more Candidates than Offices to be Elected (PDF) - District 2 and District 4

City Council Candidate List by District

District 3 (In Randomized Alphabetical Drawing Order)

John Campbell
Candidate Statement (PDF)

Cody Martin
Candidate Statement (PDF)

Paul Lopez
Candidate Statement (PDF)

Districts 2 and 4
Only the incumbents Troy Bourne (District 2) and John Taylor (District 4) were nominated for the Districts 2 and 4.  Pursuant to Section 10229 of the California Election Code, the City Council on August 24, 2022, considered cancelling the General Municipal Election for Districts 2 and 4.  Resolution 22-08-24-01 (PDF) was adopted appointing Troy Bourne (District 2) and John Taylor (District 4) as Council Members to a four-year term, commencing on December 13, 2022; and cancelling the election for Districts 2 and 4.

Candidate Materials and Information:
Potential candidates are encouraged to review eligibility requirements, Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) Campaign Rules, election manuals, and campaign forms:

2022 Candidate Handbook (PDF)

FPPC Campaign Disclosure Manual 2

Campaign Contribution Limits (Resolution 22-01-18-01) (PDF)

Candidate Statement Regulations (Resolution 22-05-17-03) (PDF)

Campaign Signs on Public and Private Property (PDF)

Caltrans Temporary Political Signs (PDF)

Election Calendar


July 18
August 12

NOMINATION PERIOD - Nomination papers may be obtained from the City Clerk, by appointment, during regular office hours M-TH, 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and FR 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (except Holidays). Appointments are highly recommended, as issuing of nomination papers requires approximately 3/4 hour. (949) 443-6309. Signers of nomination papers must be registered voters in Districts 2, 3 or 4 in City of San Juan Capistrano.
August 12LAST DAY FOR CANDIDATES TO WITHDRAW - No candidate shall withdraw his/her declaration of candidacy after the close of business on the 88th day prior to the election.
August 17LAST DAY TO FILE NOMINATION PAPERS – IF EXTENDED – The nomination period is extended for non-incumbents only, if any one incumbent fails to file nomination papers by August 12th. Last day to withdraw is extended to this date.
August 18RANDOMIZED ALPHABET DRAWING - On this day the Secretary of State conducts a drawing of the letter of the alphabet, the result of which shall be known as the randomized alphabet, to determine the order in which candidates appear on the ballot for each District (2, 3 and 4).
September 12
October 23
FILING PERIOD FOR WRITE-IN CANDIDATES - Nomination papers may be obtained from the City Clerk, by appointment, during regular office hours M-TH, 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and FR 7:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. (except Holidays).   Appointments are highly recommended.

September 29FIRST PRE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN DISCLOSURE STATEMENTS DUE - The last day to file campaign disclosure statements for candidates and committees covering the period through September 24, 2022. 
October 24LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE - Closing date of voter registration for this election. Conditional Voting Registration (October 25 – November 8) allows voters to register and vote provisionally 14 days prior to an election and on Election Day at any Vote Center in Orange County or at the Registrar of Voters office.
October 27SECOND PRE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN DISCLOSURE STATEMENTS DUE - The last day to file campaign disclosure statements for candidates and committees covering the period ending October 22, 2022.
November 8ELECTION DAY – All Vote Centers will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  29 days before election day, Vote Drop-Off Boxes will be available; 4 days before election day, ALL Vote Centers will be open for in-person voting with extended hours; and 11 days before election day, selected Vote Centers will be open with business hours. 

December 13ELECTION CERTIFIED AND ELECTED CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS SEATED – City Council meeting begins at 5:00 p.m.
January 31, 2023CAMPAIGN EXPENDITURE STATEMENTS DUE - Last day to file semi-annual campaign disclosure statements for all candidates and committees for the period through December 31, 2022. 

Vote Centers & Ballot Drop Boxes

California Senate Bill 450 (Voter's Choice Act) was passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor in 2016. The law authorizes counties to conduct any election as an all-mailed ballot election provided the jurisdiction provides ballot dropoff locations, vote centers and outreach.

Beginning in 2020, the Orange County Registrar of Voters transitioned to vote centers and ballot drop boxes. Elections are no longer a one-day event. Voting begins the month before any election day and every voter will receive a vote-by-mail ballot. Voters may take advantage of the available options to cast their vote by mailing their ballot, vote in person at a vote center, deliver their ballot to a ballot drop box or deliver it in person to the Registrar of Voters. For more information, please visit the Registrar of Voters website.

For questions, plus a list of all county-wide drop boxes and vote center locations, please contact the Orange County Registrar of Voters online or at 714-567-7600.

Voter Registration Forms Available

Registrar of Voters
1300 Grand Avenue, Building C
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Registrar of Voters website
Phone: 714-567-7600

City Hall
City Clerk's Office
32400 Paseo Adelanto
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Phone: 949-443-6308

U.S. Postal Office
32124 Paseo Adelanto
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92693
Phone: 949-496-1149

Voter Services

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. Email 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 [PDF]) limits campaign contributions made by any person to any candidate and any controlled committed of that candidate may not exceed $500 for any municipal election. The limit shall be adjusted every 2 years by resolution beginning in January 2016.

In January 2022, the City Council adopted Resolution 22-01-18-01 (PDF) increasing the campaign contribution limit to $610.