City of Palo Alto Election Information


The City Clerk is the Elections Official for the City. The role of the City Clerk in legislative and elective processes requires neutrality and independence as key qualities in conducting the business of the Office. Elections include General Municipal Elections, Various Ballot Measures, the nomination process for Council Candidates, the Processing of Initiatives and Petitions, Referendums, Recalls, Charter Amendments, and Special Elections.

All elections are conducted in accordance with the City Charter and State Law for Council Members and Ballot Measures.

Candidates for November 8, 2016 City Council Election
(listed in ballot order)

Candidate Statements for all Council Candidates - November 8, 2016 Election

Election Information


Campaign & Conflict Laws

Campaign Statements are available via the NetFile Public Portal*

*Electronically filed Campaign Statements are available online in real time.  Paper filed Campaign Statements are available online within one business day of filing.

The posting of campaign contributions online is required pursuant to Municipal Code Section 2.40.040.

Campaign Contribution Reports

 Filing Deadline

Reporting Period 
 September 29, 2016  July 1, 2016 to September 24, 2016
 October 27, 2016  September 25, 2016 to October 22, 2016

The City Clerk is the local Filing Officer for the State of California. All local campaign Committees are required to file Campaign Statements with the City Clerk. The City Clerk maintains regulations and forms under the State's Political Reform Act

All election Form 410, 460, 461, 465, 470, 497, or 501's filed by Council candidates are provided by the City Clerk Office via a public portal located at the NetFile System Public Portal link.

Electronic filing of campaign statements is encouraged and in many cases required pursuant to Municipal Code Section 2.40.065.

If you have any questions, please contact David Carnahan, Deputy City Clerk at or (650)329-2267.

Printable FPPC Forms are available HERE.

Last Updated: Oct 25, 2017