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

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Election Day is almost upon us! Please see helpful resources and timeline below:
Oct. 10
  • Ballots and voter info guides begin to be mailed to all registered voters by Monterey County Elections
  • Ballot drop boxes open. Drop your ballot securely in the box anytime at Monterey Public Library (625 Pacific St.); see all ballot drop box locations
  • Early voting begins at Monterey County Elections with in-person assistance; see dates, hours, location
Oct. 24
  • Last day to register to vote
  • After this date residents may register and vote conditionally at Monterey County Elections, early voting center (see below), or any polling location until polls close on Election Day
Nov. 1
  • Early voting center opens at Embassy Suites with in-person assistance from Monterey County Elections staff; see dates, hours, location
Dec. 6 (tentative)
  • Swearing-in of elected Councilmembers and Mayor (if Monterey County Elections has certified election results). Agenda will be posted at least 72 hours before the meeting at



On November 8, 2022, the voters of the City of Monterey will elect:
  • one Mayor on an at-large basis (representing the entire City) for a term of 2 years
  • one Councilmember representing District 1 (map will open as PDF)*, for a term of 4 years
  • one Councilmember representing District 2 (map will open as PDF)*, for a term of 4 years
* More information on the City's districting process for City Councilmember seats.


The period for filing nomination papers for Councilmember, District 2 closed August 12, 2022 at 5 pm. The deadline for non-incumbents running for Mayor and Councilmember, District 1 to file nomination papers was extended and closed at 5 pm on Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Candidate Statements for Public Examination
The following candidates, using the following ballot designations, qualified for the ballot for the November 8, 2022 election. Their optional candidate statements are available for public examination below, as well as in the glass case outside the Council Chamber, pursuant to Elections Code section 9295. To contact a candidate, please refer to the Monterey County Elections list of candidates on the Nov. 8, 2022 ballot, which includes the contact information that each candidate authorized to be released.

Tyller Williamson, Monterey City Councilmember

Candidate for Councilmember, District 1
Kim Barber, University Administrator

Candidate for Councilmember, District 2
Ed Smith, Incumbent


On June 29, 2022, the Council adopted Resolution No. 22-097 C.S. placing a ballot measure on the November 8, 2022 ballot. The ballot measure will ask the voters:

Cannabis Business License Tax. Shall the measure to impose an annual cannabis (marijuana) business license tax of up to 8% of gross receipts from retail businesses, 2% of gross receipts from testing laboratories, and 6% of gross receipts from other cannabis businesses, with an additional tax on highly potent products, generating about $604,000 to $1.3 million a year, with all funds staying local and subject to audit, and effective until repealed by voters, be adopted?



For Public Examination
Full Text of the Proposed Ordinance
City Attorney's Impartial Analysis

No primary arguments for or against the measure were received.

More information on the City's districts for City Councilmember seats.

City of Monterey Contribution Limits:
  MCC Section 2-1.05(c)(1):
Contribution by person or committee
MCC Section 2-1.05(c)(5):
Anonymous Contribution
Nov. 14, 2019 - June 30, 2021
(Ordinance 3602)
$500.00 $25.00
Effective July 1, 2021
3.8 % CPI Increase*
SF Area April 2021 (PDF)
$520.00 $30.00

* Consumer Price Index ( increase applied pursuant to Monterey City Code Sec. 2-1.05(c)(6).   

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.


No private party signs may be mounted, erected, maintained, or displayed on City of Monterey property or in the right-of-way except as authorized in Table 31-1 of Chapter 31 of the Monterey City Code. For regulations regarding temporary private party ground-mounted signs, please refer to Chapter 31 of Monterey City Code.

Sign Questions? Contact City of Monterey Planning Dept.: (831) 646-3885  

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