City Election Process

The Administrative Services Director/City Clerk serves as the City's elections official and coordinates with the County of Lake Registrar of Voters office to conduct the City's elections. The City Elections Official coordinates the candidate process and prepares the necessary resolutions for City Council consideration.

Register to Vote

Information on how to register to vote is found at the following links:

County of Lake Registrar of Voters

Secretary of State

2022 Election Information

The following City offices are up for election as part of the November 8, 2022 General Election:

  • Two Seats: City Council Member (4-year term ending Nov. 2026)
  • City Treasurer (4-year term ending Nov. 2026)

Key Dates:

  • Nomination period opens July 18, 2022 
  • Standard nomination period closes (deadline to file papers): August 12, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. (Friday, August 12- by appointment only)
  • Extended nomination period closes (deadline to file for a seat if the incumbent does not file): August 17, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Deadline to register to vote: October 24, 2022 (see below for options if you miss the deadline)
  • Election Day: November 8, 2022

Voter Eligibility and Registration

In order to be eligible to vote in California, an individual must be a United States citizen, a resident of California, and 18 years of age or older on Election Day (16- and 17-year-olds may pre-register). Additional limitations may apply. In order to vote in a City of Clearlake election, or nominate a candidate for a City of Clearlake elected office, an individual must be registered to vote at an address in the City of Clearlake.

  • Verify your voter registration status: Visit Voter Status or call County of Lake Elections at (707) 263-2372.
  • Register or update your voter registration: https://registertovote.ca.gov/  Paper voter registration forms are available at Clearlake City Hall, County of Lake Registrar of Voters office, local libraries, Department of Motor Vehicles offices and US Post Offices.
  • Additional voter registration information may be found at SOS Voter Registration  If you miss the standard registration deadline, you can still register to vote conditionally and cast a ballot up to and including Election Day.

Information for Prospective Candidates

Interested in running for office? Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact the Administrative Services Director/City Clerk to schedule an appointment to discuss the prospect of running for office. 

Candidates must be registered to vote in the City of Clearlake. Individuals who intend to run for office must file certain Fair Political Practices Commission forms with the City Clerk's office before soliciting any campaign contributions or making any campaign expenditures. In order for a candidate's name to appear on the ballot, the candidate must obtain officially issued nomination materials from the City Clerk's Office, and submit all required nomination paperwork, including a petition signed by other city voters, during the specified nomination period (see "Key Dates" above). Other filing requirements include FPPC forms disclosing certain personal economic interests, and information about campaign contributions and expenditures.