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Municipal Elections & Voter Registration

The City Clerk is the City Elections Official and is responsible for administering the City’s general municipal elections and special elections for both candidates and measures; and processing petitions relating to initiatives, recalls and referendums.

City of Pinole - 2018 General Election Information

Election Date

Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Candidate Eligibility
  • Citizen of the United States
  • 18 years of age by Election Day
  • Resident of Pinole
  • Registered voter of the City of Pinole
Nomination Filing Period
July 16 - August 9, 2018
City offices to be Elected
Three (3) City Council
Term of Office
Each seat is a four (4) year term
Term Ending
Term ends November, 2022
Council Meetings
Meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of every month. Closed Session meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by Council Business items, which may occur before 7:00 p.m.
As of January 1, 2017, Councilmember monthly salary is $562.50; all members are eligible for the City's health benefit coverage.


City of Pinole Chapter 1.16: Local Campaign Contributions Limits

City of Pinole Voluntary Local Campaign Expenditure Limitation for Candidates to Elected Offices

City of Pinole Political Signs Restrictions

Interested in Running for Office

The City of Pinole consolidates with the Contra Costa County Elections for election services. The City of Pinole's General Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

Click here to obtain the City of Pinole's Candidate's Guide.

Contra Costa County Clerk/Recorder Elections Division - Authorization Form


Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC)
Linked below are the most commonly used FPPC forms and Filing Schedule for Candidates and Controlled Committees for Local Office. For a complete list of forms visit

Campaign Statements: State & Local Filing Schedules

  • FPPC Filing Schedule for Candidates and Controlled Comittees for Local Office being voted on November 6, 2018
  • FPPC Summary of Campaign Finance Disclosure Requirements

Campaign Forms for Filing: The Act requires candidates and committees to file campaign statements and reports so that voters are fully informed about contributions and expenditures in the elections. This information is reported on forms that are approved by the FPPC.

  • FPPC Campaign Disclosure Manual 2 Information for Local Candidates, Superior Court Judges, their Controlled Committees, and Primarily Formed Committees for Local Candidates
  • Form 501 - Candidate Intention Statement
  • Form 410 - Statement of Organization
  • Form 460 - Campaign Disclosure Form
  • Form 700 - Statements of Economic Interests

Different types of committees have different reporting requirements. If you are not sure which form to use, please consult the FPPC’s campaign disclosure manuals or Ask FPPC for Advice.

Contra Costa County Elections - Find Your Voting Information

Search By Name to find your registration status, districts, elected officials, and your polling place, voter information guide, plus vote by mail status for current elections. Search By Address will include districts and elected officials that apply to that address, plus polling place and voter information guide if there is a current election for that address. Click here

Polling Places are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. Voters may drop off completed absentee ballots at City Hall Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Voter Registration

Registration is permanent and a new affidavit of registration need only be executed if you have changed your name, address or wish to change your political party affiliation.

You are eligible to register to vote if you are:

  • A United States citizen, and
  • A resident of Contra Costa County, and
  • 18 years of age or older on Election Day, and
  • Not in prison, or on parole, serving state prison sentence in a county jail, or serving sentence for a felony, and
  • Not found to be mentally incompetent by a court of law.

The deadline to register or re-register to vote for any elections is on the 15th calendar day before the election. To be eligible to vote for the upcoming November 6, 2018 Statewide Direct Primary you must register by Monday, October 22, 2018. Register ONLINE by visiting the California Secretary of State website. Registration forms are also available at any Department of Vehicles office, most post offices, public libraries and at Pinole City Hall.


Conditional Voter Registration is a new safety net for Californians who miss the October 22 deadline to register to vote or to update their voter registration information for the November 6, 2018, Statewide Direct Primary. While you may not be able to vote at your regular polling place or vote by mail, there will be an opportunity to cast a ballot by completing the conditional voter registration process. 

Eligible citizens who miss the October 22 deadline can go to their county elections office or a designated satellite location to register and vote conditionally. Their ballots will be processed once the county elections office has completed the voter registration verification process. Voters can complete the conditional voter registration process from October 23 all the way through Election Day on November 6.

Have additional questions about your local conditional voter registration locations? Contact the Contra Costa Elections Office at (925) 335-7800 or visit their webiste by clicking here.


To pre-register to vote in California, you must:

  • Be 16 or 17 years old, and
  • A United States citizen and a resident of California, and
  • Not currently in state or federal prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony, and
  • Not prohibited from voting by a court because of mental incompetency.

You will automatically be registered to vote on your 18th birthday. To pre-register click here.


The California Motor Voter program is making registering to vote at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) more convenient and secure. Starting in April 2018, eligible applicants completing drivers license or identification (ID) card or change of address transactions will be registered to vote by the California Secretary of State (SOS) unless they choose to opt out of automatic voter registration.

Since 1993, the National Voter Registration Act, often known as the Motor Voter law, has helped millions of people register to vote or update their voter information during a driver license or ID card transaction at the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Click here for Motor General Information




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