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Vote.JPGThe City of Desert Hot Springs has five elected officials including the Mayor and 4 members of the City Council, elected at large. The Mayor is elected for a two-year term and members of the City Council are elected for a four-year term.The City Clerk serves as the Local Elections Official.

CLICK HERE for Information Regarding the November 7, 2017 Special Election

Next General Municipal Election: November 6, 2018

To address declining voter turnout in federal, state, and municipal elections, the California Legislature adopted Senate Bill 415 (SB 415), which was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on September 1, 2015. SB 415 prohibits cities from holding an election on any date other than a statewide election date.

To comply with SB 415, the City Council adopted Ordinance 601 on March 7, 2017 to adjust the date of its General Municipal Election from November of odd-numbered years to November of even-numbered years to coincide with statewide general elections beginning in 2018.

Accordingly, the City's transition of its General Municipal Election date, as mandated by SB 415 will have the following effects:

  1. The previously scheduled General Municipal Election that would have taken place on November 7, 2017 will not be conducted;
  2. The next General Municipal Election will occur on Tuesday, November 6, 2018; and
  3. The terms of office for all currently elected officeholders is extended by one (1) year according to law


The next General Municipal Election is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 for the purpose of filling the following seats:

Eligibility for Candidacy:
To be eligible to run for City Council, you must be a registered voter of Desert Hot Springs at the time nomination papers are issued. Registered voters in Desert Hot Springs must be U.S. citizens, residents of Desert Hot Springs, 18 years of age or older on the date of the election, and not in prison or on parole for a felony conviction.

Steps for Running for Office [PDF]

Fair Political Practices Commission Website (FPPC)
Campaign Rules, Laws, and Regulations

FPPC Campaign Rules, Forms & Manuals
FPPC Candidate Toolkit
FPPC Campaign Manual 2 (Local Candidates)



You may register to vote if you meet the following criteria:

More Voter Registration Information (Riverside County Registrar of Voters)

Voter Registration forms are also available at most of the following locations throughout Desert Hot Springs and Riverside County:

Request a Vote-by-Mail Ballot


Riverside County Registrar of Voters
This site has information about the local items on the ballot as well as an online form for requesting an absentee ballot, information about polling locations, and information about touch-screen voting.

California Secretary of State


Office of the City Clerk
65950 Pierson Boulevard
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240

Jerryl Soriano, CMC
City Clerk
(760) 329-6411

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