City of Palm Desert General Municipal Elections are conducted in November of even-numbered years. The next General Election will be held on November 6, 2018. Please see the downloadable reference documents on the right-hand side of this page: 1) City Council Resolution No. 2018-38 - Calling for the 2018 General Municipal Election; 2) Resolution No. 2018-39 - Requesting Consolidation with Riverside County in the November 6, 2018, Statewide General Election; 3) Resolution No. 2018-40 - Regarding Regulations for Candidates' Statements in the General Municipal Election; 4) Legal Notice of General Municipal Election.
The City Council Candidate Nomination Filing Period begins Monday, July 16, 2018, and ends Friday, August 10, 2018, during regular business hours, Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. An appointment with the City Clerk's Office for this purpose is required. **The Candidate Nomination Filing Period is now closed. Five (5) Candidates have qualified for the ballot, and their contact information is listed in the document posted under the "Resources" section of this page, "2018 Clerk's Candidate List - August 10."**
There is a Write-In Candidate Filing Period, from Monday, September 10, 2018 - Tuesday, October 23, 2018, where candidates have to follow nearly all of the same steps as those appearing on the ballot. Declaration of Write-In Candidacy Documents are available from the City Clerk's Office during the aforementioned dates during normal business hours, Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., and an appointment is required for this purpose.
At its regular meeting of July 12, 2018, the Palm Desert City Council adopted Resolution No. 2018-61, submitting to the qualified voters of the City at the November 6, 2018, General Municipal Election a Measure proposing Ordinance No. 1339, Establishing a Tax on Cannabis Businesses Operating Within the City of Palm Desert. Full copy of Resolution No. 2018-61 is available in the "Resources" section on the right-hand side of this page, as is the "Notice of Measure / Notice to Voters of Date After Which No Arguments For or Against a City Measure May Be Submitted to the City Clerk." Please see Resolution No. 2018-61 and the Official Notice for details. Primary Arguments are due no later than Monday, August 20, 2018, during posted business hours. Rebuttal Arguments thereto are due no later than Thursday, August 30, 2018, during posted business hours.
Please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 73510 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert, CA 92260, or by telephone at (760) 346-0611, ext. 304, with any questions.
For more information on the election process in general please check out these helpful nonpartisan resources: