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The 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.

Polls open from 7:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Election Day – Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Last Day to Register to Vote for the November 6, 2018 Election is October 22, 2018

If you are not already a permanent Vote-By-Mail (VBM) Voter, you may apply for a VBM Ballot specifically for the November 6, 2018, Election by clicking the link above. The last day to request a Vote-By-Mail Ballot is October 30, 2018. If you're already a permanent VBM voter, no action is required.

VBM Ballots may be dropped off:
At City Hall located at 11-999 Palm Drive (north west corner of Palm and Pierson)
Mailed any time up to Election Day (November 6 postmark is mandatory – ensure the proper amount of postage is affixed)
At any Riverside County Polling Place up to 8:00 P.M. on Election Day – November 6

If you have not received your VBM Ballot, or you are unsure of your status, click the lookup link above or contact the Riverside County Registrar of Voters Office at (800) 773-8683 or (951) 486-7200.


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



Nomination Period:

The Nomination Period for the November 6, 2015 Election begins on July 16, 2018 and ends on August 9, 2018. If an incumbent does not file nomination papers within that time frame, the Nomination Period will be extended to August 15, 2018 for that seat. Interested potential candidates should contact the City Clerk at to make an appointment to pull nomination papers.

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.

2018 Candidate Handbook [PDF]

Notice of Election [PDF]

Steps for Running for Office [PDF]


The November 6, 2018 ballot will also include the following two (2) measures for the purpose of submitting to the qualified voters of the City of Desert Hot Springs the following questions:






Measure “U” – Selection of Mayor Measure

Measure “V” – Term of Mayor Measure





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

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)


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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