The General Municipal Election for the City of Pleasanton is held in November of even-numbered years. The Mayor is directly elected and serves a two-year term, with a limit of four terms. City Council members are elected at-large and serve four-year terms, with a two-term limit.

Upcoming Election

The next General Municipal Election for the City of Pleasanton will be held in November 2020. Pleasanton residents will cast their ballots for a mayor and two members of the city council. 


Eligibility & Candidacy

To be eligible to run for City Council, you must be a registered voter of Pleasanton at the time nomination papers are issued. Elected officials must reside in the City during their terms of office.

The nomination period for Pleasanton municipal officers in the upcoming November General Municipal Election opened on Monday, July 16, 2018 and closed on Friday, August 10, 2018 at 5 p.m. However, the filing period for the office of Councilmember is extended beyond the initial August 10 deadline because incumbent Arne Olson is not seeking re-election and did not file nomination papers. Interested residents must file nomination papers for the General Municipal Election by the new deadline, August 15, 2018, during normal business hours, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. The filing extension does not apply to the office of Mayor.

For more information about how to run for local office, prospective candidates are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the City Clerk by calling 925-931-5027.


Voter Registration

Voters qualify for registration by being a U.S. citizen aged 18 years or older, a resident of California, and neither in prison nor on parole for a felony conviction. Re-registration is required if you have moved since you last registered, changed your name, or changed your political party affiliation.

The registration deadline is 15 days before an election. You may register to vote online at the California Secretary of State website. 


Find Your Polling Location

By visiting the My Voter Profile service on the Alameda County Registrar of Voters website, voters can:

  • Find your polling location
  • Download your Voter Information Guide
  • Check the status of your vote by mail ballot
  • Choose your preferred language
  • Opt out/Opt in to receive your Voter Information Guide by mail
  • Look up your elected officials



Alameda County Registrar of Voters

California Fair Political Practices Commission

California Secretary of State

Voters Edge