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.




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.







Guide to Running for Office

Register to Vote

Riverside County Registrar of Voters

Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC)

FPPC - Report a Campaign Violation

California Secretary of State


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