Elections & Voter Information

 Gilroy General Election - November 3, 2020

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

WRITE IN PERIOD OPENING TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 8TH

The Candidate Write-in Period begins September 8th and ends October 20th at 5:00 p.m..   Nomination paperwork is available in the Office of the City Clerk at 7351 Rosanna Street, Gilroy, CA. The City Clerk’s Office will be taking in-person and Zoom online appointments Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon during this period to process nomination papers for those seeking elective office. 

 

Learn more about the nomination process by calling the Gilroy City Clerk’s Office at (408) 846-0204 or by emailing shawna.freels@cityofgilroy.org or suzanne.guzzetta@cityofgilroy.org to make an appointment.


Reference Material:

CANDIDATE GUIDELINES FOR ISSUING AND SUBMITTING NOMINATION PAPERWORK

REQUEST TO RECEIVE NOMINATION DOCUMENTS

NOVEMBER 3, 2020 ELECTION CALENDAR

2020 CANDIDATE GUIDE

Gilroy Candidates:

LISTING OF GILROY CANDIDATES

CANDIDATE FPPC CAMPAIGN FILINGS

CANDIDATE STATEMENTS

  

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.

Early Voting

In-person voting is available at any Santa Clara Co. Vote Center beginning October 31, 2020 to November 3, 2020. 

 

Gilroy in-person Vote Centers (open to all Santa Clara Co. voters):

Name:

Gilroy Police Department - Community Room

Address:

7301 Hanna St, Gilroy, CA 95020

Hours of Operation:

October 31, 2020 to November 2, 2020 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM; ELECTION DAY (November 3, 2020) - 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM

 

Name:

Gilroy's First Baptist Church - Fellowship Hall

Address:

8455 Wren Ave, Gilroy, CA 95020  

Hours of Operation:

October 31, 2020 to November 2, 2020 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM; ELECTION DAY (November 3, 2020) - 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM

 

Name:

Gilroy Elks Lodge #1567

Address:

2765 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy, CA 95020  

Hours of Operation:

October 31, 2020 to November 2, 2020 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM; ELECTION DAY (November 3, 2020) - 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM

 

Voter Centers will be following Public Health protocols and all voters will be required to

 

  • wear a mask (masks will be supplied for voters who need one), and 
  • social distance. 

Voters ChoiceLearn more www.sccvote.org/voterschoice


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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.

VOTER’S CHOICE ACT MODEL IS INSTITUTED IN SANTA CLARA COUNTY FOR 2020 ELECTIONS

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.

REGISTER TO VOTE
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