Elections & Voter Information

The City of Gilroy is a Charter City with a Council-Administrator form of government. City Voters elect six (6) council members and the Mayor at-large in November of even-numbered years during U.S. presidential elections. Three (3) Council Member seats are to be voted on every two (2) years.

The Mayor and council members serve a four (4)-year term. Council selects the vice mayor annually.

Upcoming Elections

Council Members (At-Large)Mayor
November 5, 2024November 5, 2024
November 3, 2026November 7, 2028

Next Election: Tuesday, November 5, 2024 Election

The City of Gilroy General Municipal Election is held in November of even-numbered years. There are three (3) Council seats and one (1) Mayoral seat to be voted upon in the November 5, 2024 General Municipal Election. Links will “go live” at the approval intervals during election season.

Eligibility and Candidacy

To be eligible to run for office, a candidate must be a resident and registered voter in the City of Gilroy city limits by the last day for filing of nomination papers. Registered voters in Gilroy must be U.S. citizens, residents of Gilroy, 18 years of age or older on the date of the election, and not in prison or on parole for a felony conviction.

Three (3) Council Member seat will be up for election on November 8th with a term expiring in November 2026.

Nomination Period (Election Code § 10220)

This is the period when individuals may officially be issued nomination papers, circulate them for signatures and file for candidacy.

The nomination period opens at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, July 15, 2024 and closes at 5:00 p.m., sharp on Wednesday, August 9, 2024.

Candidates must contact the City Clerk to schedule an appointment to be issued the necessary forms and nomination papers to run for office, and a second appointment to file their completed nomination papers and other required documents.  City Hall is now open to the public and we are prepared to conduct in-person appointments using safe practices.  Please note that the requirement for obtaining original signatures on nomination papers is still in effect. 

Additional information about the General Municipal Election, including candidate and voter assistance information is now available. Please contact Thai Nam Pham, City Clerk, if you have questions regarding the upcoming election.

Last Day of Voter Registration

The voter registration deadline for this election is Monday, October 21, 2024.

Campaign Disclosures: Public Portal for Campaign Finance Disclosures

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

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 November General Election ends October 24, 2022.

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