Elections & Voter Information

 Gilroy General Election - November 3, 2020

3 Council Seats - 1 Mayor Seat - Full 4-year terms

Nomination Period Opens Monday, July 13th

The period for potential Council and Mayor candidates to pull papers for nomination in this election opens on Monday, July 13th and runs through Friday, August 7th, 2020. If an incumbent for either of these offices does not file during this period, the nomination period extends until August 12, 2020. 

The City Clerk’s Office will be taking in-person and online appointments Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 noon during this period to process nomination papers for those seeking elective office. Set up a Zoom meeting now to learn more about the nomination process.

Call the Gilroy City Clerk’s Office at (408) 846-0204 or email shawna.freels@cityofgilroy.org to make an appointment

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All Mail Ballot Election  

The November 3, 2020 Presidential Election will be an All Mail Ballot Election in Gilroy 

All Cities within the County of Santa Clara have instituted the California Voter Choice Act, which provides all registered voters with a postage-paid vote-by-mail ballot.  Vote centers will be available throughout the county, one per 10,000 registered voters, for those wishing to vote in-person.

Voters ChoiceLearn more www.sccvote.org/voterschoice

Check Your Voter Registration Status - Party Registration Errors Through the DMV

After the 2018 statewide rollout of automatic voter registration through the Department of Motor Vehicles, some voters may have inadvertently had their party registration changed. Voters wishing to check their registration status may do so online under the “Register to Vote” tab at www.sccvote.org. Re-registration may be completed online at registertovote.ca.gov. Regular registration for the March primary ends February 18, 2020.


All Voters Will Receive Vote by Mail Ballots - New Model Offers More Voter Conveniences

The Voter’s Choice Act will allow the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters to join five other California counties that successfully piloted the program in 2018 to offer voters more voting conveniences.

The implementation of the Voter’s Choice Act will take effect beginning with the Presidential Primary Election, March 2020. This new model of voting means that all voters will be mailed a ballot prior to Election Day. After marking their ballot, voters will have the choice of returning their postage pre-paid ballot by mail, or dropping their ballot in a ballot drop box anywhere throughout the county, or visiting any Vote Center within the county.

Vote Centers – will replace traditional polling places to offer an array of services, such as receiving a replacement ballot, receiving assistance or voting materials in multiple languages, voting using an accessible voting machine, dropping off a vote-by-mail ballot, registering to vote, or updating a voter registration. Vote Centers also allow a voter to cast their ballot at a location that is convenient to them, meaning there is no longer a wrong place to vote, which has the added benefit of reducing the number of provisional ballots issued and cast.

Creation of an Election Administration Plan is in the works, and will include a Public Outreach Plan, a Voter Education Plan and many other details necessary for the successful implementation of the Vote Center model. Gilroy’s Early Voting Center will be located at the Willey House, 140 Fifth Street.  

For more information, contact the Gilroy City Clerk’s Office (408) 846-0204 or email shawna.freels@cityofgilroy.org, or suzanne.guzzetta@cityofgilroy.org, or contact the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters’ Office at (408) 299-8683, or visit www.sccvote.org.

To register to vote in Gilroy, or to update your voter registration address, party affiliation or for a name change, pick up a voter registration card in the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, at the Gilroy Library or at the Gilroy Post Office.

Register to vote online through the California Secretary of State's Office online registration portal.
Update your voter registration in Santa Clara Co.

Complete a Voter Action Request Form if you are already registered to vote in Santa Clara County and you want to...

  • Change your address (if you moved within Santa Clara County) or mailing address
  • Change your language preference (English, Chinese, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, and Korean)
  • Change your Permanent Vote by Mail status
  • Correct misspellings or other errors in your registration information
  • Cancel your voter registration
  • Cancel the voter registration of a deceased member of your family or household