The City of Desert Hot Springs consolidates with the Riverside County Registrar of Voters for all municipal elections. Elections are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November in even-numbered years (every two years). The City Clerk serves as the local elections official.


The City of Desert Hot Springs has five elected officials including the Mayor and four (4) members of the City Council, elected at large. Commencing in 2020, the directly elected Mayor shall serve a four-year term with a term limit of two terms pursuant to Measure "V" passed by the voters in November 2018. Members of the City Council are elected for a four-year term.


Official Semi-Final Election Results (Riverside County)


Statewide Election Results




November 3, 2020 - Voter Information

Riverside County residents will have two voting options for the November 3, 2020 election:



  • Every eligible registered voter will receive a vote-by-mail ballot. Ballots will be mailed beginning October 5, 2020.

  • Voters can verify their voter registration at voterstatus.sos.ca.gov or register to vote at registertovote.ca.gov.

  • Beginning October 5, 2020, voters can:

    • Drop off vote-by-mail ballot at:

      Desert Hot Springs City Hall
      11-999 Palm Drive, Desert Hot Springs
      October 5 through November 2 - (Monday - Friday)10:00 am to 3:00 pm 
      November 3rd (Election Day) - 7:00 am to 8:00 pm

    • Mail ballot via USPS (no postage is required).
    • Voters can track their ballots by registering at wheresmyballot.sos.ca.gov.


A Voter Assistance Center is a one-stop location for all things voting.  At a Voter Assistance Center, voters can:

  • Vote
  • Register to vote
  • Solve voter registration issues
  • Get a replacement ballot

There will be 2 Voter Assistance Centers in the City of Desert Hot Springs:


     Desert Hot Springs Senior Center
     11-777 West Drive, Desert Hot Springs

     October 31 through November 2 - 9:00am to 5:00 pm

     November 3 (Election Day) - 7:00am to 8:00 pm

     Mission Springs Water District, Annex Building
     66547 2nd Street, Desert Hot Springs

     October 31 through November 2 - 9:00am to 5:00 pm

     November 3 (Election Day) - 7:00am to 8:00 pm

In-Person Voting

Riverside County will have 120 in-person voting locations available beginning Saturday, October 31 through Tuesday, November 3. The Registrar of Voters recommends voters only go to in-person voting locations if absolutely necessary due to the public health and safety concerns surrounding COVID-19.

  • A list of Ballot Drop-Off Locations and Voter Assistance Centers in Riverside County will be available at voteinfo.net on September 24, 2020.
  • In person voting will be available at Voter Assistance Centers to adhere to social distancing and safety guidelines.



November 3, 2020


The next General Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 for the following municipal officers:


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Nomination Period


The nomination period is Monday, July 13, 2020 through Thursday, August 6, 2020. This is the only period of time during which candidates may be issued and file "nomination papers," which are the official forms needed in order to run for office. 


If an incumbent does not file nomination papers, the nomination period is extended pursuant to California Elections Code Section 10225. Candidates other than the incumbent may file nomination papers until August 12, 2020.


For specific information regarding elections or to make an appointment, please contact Jerryl Soriano, City Clerk, at jsoriano@cityofdhs.org or call (760) 329-6411 Ext. 107.


Eligibility for Candidacy


To be eligible to run for office, you must be a registered voter of the City of Desert Hot Springs at the time nomination papers are issued.


Candidate Information:







Guide to Running for Office

Register to Vote

Riverside County Registrar of Voters

Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC)

Campaign Rules - Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC)

FPPC - Report a Campaign Violation

California Secretary of State


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