Election Information

"The right to vote...is the primary right Vote
by which other rights are protected."
- Thomas Paine Founding Father

Voter Information

Election Dates:  The 2020 General Municipal Election will be held on November 3, 2020

Nomination Period:  The Nomination period commences on Monday, July 13, 2020 and closes August 7, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. If an incumbent fails to file, the deadline is extended to August 12, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. There are three City Council seats up for election for a term of 4 years. Individuals interested in running for office are encouraged to contact the City Clerk’s Office early for information about required paperwork and filing deadlines.


Deadline for candidates to file Nomination Papers:
    August 7, 2020, 5 pm
Deadline if incumbent does not file Nomination Papers: 
    August 12, 2020, 5 pm
Deadline to register to vote:
    October 19, 2020
Election Day:
    November 3, 2020



 Voter registration cards are available at City Hall.  Additional voter registration and election information can be found at:

California Secretary of State Voter Registration Information
Sonoma County Registrar of Voters
League of Women Voters' "Smart Voter" non-partisan election information

Candidate Information

Election season is now open. There are three City Council seats up for election. Interested in running for City Council? Check out our 2020 Candidate Handbook by clicking here.

A person is eligible to run for Cotati City Council provided s/he is a United States citizen, 18 years of age or older, a resident of the city of Cotati and a registered voter at the time nomination papers are issued by the City Clerk. If during his/her term of office the office holder changes residence to outside of the City or ceases to be an elector of the City, said office shall immediately become vacant.

What to do first
Anyone wishing to run for City Council should contact the City Clerk at lberges@cotaticity.org or 707-665-3622, to obtain a Statement of Intention (Form 501) before raising or spending money (including personal funds) on her/his campaign. This form must be filed with the City Clerk and is also available to complete online at the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) website: http://www.fppc.ca.gov/. The Statement of Intention may be filed any time before the nomination period and must be filed by the time the candidate returns his/her nomination petition.

Nomination Process
Nomination papers and election forms are issued by the City Clerk during regular City business hours (Mon-Thu 7:30 a.m.-12:00 noon and 1:00 - 5:30 p.m.). Contact Lauren Berges, City Clerk (lberges@cotaticity.org or 707-665-3622) in the City Manager's office at City Hall to set up an appointment to receive your nominations paperwork. Please allow 30-60 minutes for this appointment.

Fair Campaign Practices
The City of Cotati has adopted Campaign Reform Law which supplements the state of California's Political Reform Act. The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) oversees and enforces compliance with the Act. Candidates and Committees are required to file Campaign Finance Statements using the City's online Campaign Finance Reporting System.

The City of Cotati has adopted Resolution 06-64 which encourages Candidates to use the Code of Fair Campaign Practices.

Additional Resources

Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC)
Sonoma County Registrar of Voters
League of Women Voters' "Smart Voter" non-partisan election information
California Secretary of State
California Law