General Municipal Elections are held in November of even numbered years. The elected officers of the City of Cupertino consist of five Council members who are elected "at large" to overlapping four-year terms. The offices of Mayor and Vice Mayor are filled annually by election of the Council members.
November, 2016 - General Municipal Election
A General Municipal Election will be held Tuesday, November 8 to elect two Council members each to a four-year term. Under Cupertino's term limits, Council member Rod Sinks is eligible to run for one additional four-year term. Council member Gilbert Wong has served two consecutive four-year terms and is not eligible to run. Anyone who is 18 years of age, a Cupertino resident, and a registered voter in the City of Cupertino may run for a seat on the City Council.
Staff at Secretary of State Alex Padilla’s office today held a randomized alphabet drawing to determine the order that candidates’ names will appear on the November 8 General Election ballot. If the names of two or more candidates begin with the same letter, their ballot listing order is determined by applying the randomized alphabet to the next letter(s) of their names.
Here is the order for Cupertino candidates:
Rod G. Sinks
Information for Candidates
Rules and Regulations
2016 Candidate Handbook
The Role of the City Clerk
The Cupertino City Clerk oversees the election process, with particular emphasis on required candidate filings. This includes Nomination Papers, Statements of Economic Interest (also known as Conflict of Interest Statements), and Campaign Finance Disclosure forms. You may view the campaign disclosures online or purchase copies at 10 cents per page from the City Clerk's Office.
Prior to soliciting or receiving campaign contributions, a candidate must file a Form 501, Candidate Intention Statement, with the City Clerk. The form is available at the City Clerk's office or can be downloaded from the Fair Political Practices Commission website. If you suspect a violation of campaign ethics, please contact the FPPC at 800.561.1861.
For more information call the City Clerk's Office at 408.777.3223, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit City Hall in person at 10300 Torre Avenue, Cupertino.
Information for Voters
The Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters web site provides County-wide, on-line information about voter registration, candidates' statements, and ballot measures. That office has paid positions available year-round for poll workers. For more information visit the Registrar of Voters or call 408.299.VOTE (8683).
You must re-register if you have moved since you last voted.
Upcoming Important Dates
October 11 – First Day for Mailing of Vote By Mail Ballots
October 24 – Last Day to Register to Vote in November 8 Election
November 1 – Last Day to Request Vote By Mail Ballot By Mail
City Clerk's Office
City Clerk Grace Schmidt
Deputy City Clerk Kirsten Squarcia
10300 Torre Avenue
Cupertino, California 95014
- How City Council Works
- California Secretary of State
- California Voter Foundation
- League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
- League of Women Voters of Cupertino-Sunnyvale
- The Fair Political Practices Commission
- Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters
- Voter's Edge sponsored by League of Women Voters of California