Conducting Elections

Conducting Elections

The City Clerk is the elections official for the City of Cloverdale, responsible for conducting municipal elections and provides election support to officeholders, candidates, and ballot measure proponents and opponents.

The City of Cloverdale's regular General Municipal Election is held on the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November on even-numbered years. The City Council is comprised of five elected councilmembers with staggered four-year terms. There is no limit to the number of terms an individual can serve on the City Council.

The next general municipal election will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 for the election of two council seats.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Newsom signed an executive order requiring election officials to send vote-by-mail ballots to all Californians registered to vote in the November 3, 2020 General Election, while also ensuring that those who may need to access in-person voting opportunities are able to.

Voting locations will be open on Election Day between the hours of 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, voting locations will also be open for limited times on the three days prior to Election Day. Specific hours for those days will be announced closer to Election Day.

Local and State Election Information

Additional information on the November 3, 2020, Presidential Election, including Local Ballot Measures, Polling Locations and Voter Guide Information can be found on the County of Sonoma Registrar of Voters website:

Running for City Council

A candidate for City Council must meet certain criteria. Examples include: be of age 18 years or older, a resident within the city limits of the City of Cloverdale, a registered voter, not in prison, on parole, serving state prison sentence in a county jail, or serving sentence for a felony; and not found to be mentally incompetent by a court of law. The candidate nomination period is determined by Election Code.

For information on how to run for City Council please view the Candidate Information page for the upcoming election:

Candidates are encouraged to contact the City Clerk for more information prior to raising or spending money towards a campaign for office. The City Clerk can be reached at (707) 894-1712 or via email at