The City Clerk conducts all regular and special elections, including processing and certifying citizen-generated petitions. The Clerk, acting as the Elections Official, is also the point of contact for keeping candidates, the public, and staff informed during the election process.


November 3, 2020 Election

Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) Ballot Measure - Measure Y

On August 4, 2020, the Council adopted Resolution No. 20-121 C.S. to place a ballot measure on the November 3, 2020 ballot.  The ballot measure will ask the voters:

Hotel Tax Measure. Shall the measure be adopted to increase transient occupancy tax (hotel tax) from 10% to 12% on the cost of rooms paid by hotel guests, with 16% of proceeds allocated to the Neighborhood and Community Improvement Program, and 84% to essential services such as parks, recreation, library, emergency response, facility rehabilitation, and other unrestricted expenditures, and expanding the tax to apply to online travel companies, providing $2.8 to $5.6 million annually, effective until repealed by voters? 




For Public Examination:
City Attorney's Impartial Analysis of Measure Y
and Primary Argument in Favor of Measure Y
A Primary Argument Against Measure Y was not received by the deadline of August 12, 2020 at 5 p.m.  A Rebuttal to the Primary Argument in Favor of Measure Y was not received by the deadline of August 19, 2020 at 5 p.m.


Candidates for Mayor and City Council

The following candidates, using the following ballot designations, will be on the ballot for the November 3, 2020 election.  The voters of the City of Monterey will elect one Mayor (for a term of two years) and two Councilmembers (for terms of four years).   Candidates' optional candidate statements of qualification are available for public examination here, as well as in the glass case outside the Council Chamber, pursuant to Elections Code section 9295.

For Public Examination:
Candidate Statements by Candidates for Mayor

Timothy Barrett, Educator/Nonprofit Director
Clyde Roberson, Mayor



Campaign Finance

Access the City of Monterey's Public Portal for Campaign Financial Disclosure for access to campaign finance forms filed by candidates and committees.

The City of Monterey's Campaign Finance Reform regulations are found in Sec. 2-1.05 of the Monterey City Code.


Voter Registration

You may register to vote online at the Secretary of State's voter registration website. Paper voter registration forms can be requested by calling Monterey County Elections at (831) 796-1499.

Check your voter registration status online at the Secretary of State's voter registration status website, or by calling Monterey County Elections at (831) 796-1499.

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