General Municipal Election Information

General municipal elections are consolidated with Statewide elections, scheduled on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November in even-numbered years to fill expired City Council terms. The Mayor and four Council Members are elected at-large to serve a two (2) year term and four (4) year staggered terms, respectively. In 2022, the City transitioned to a district-based election system. View more about District Elections.

The City Clerk serves as the City’s Elections Official and coordinates with the County of San Luis Obispo in the conduct of municipal elections. This includes, but is not limited to, the preparation of necessary resolutions calling for general and special municipal elections and declaring the result of the election, the coordination of the candidate nomination process, and the receipt and processing of initiative, referendum and recall petitions. The City Clerk serves as the filing official for campaign statements.


To be eligible to run for City Council, you must be a registered voter of Arroyo Grande at the time nomination papers are issued. Registered voters in Arroyo Grande must be U.S. citizens, residents of Arroyo Grande, 18 years of age on or before the date of the election, and not in prison or on parole for a felony conviction.

The next General Municipal Election is November 5, 2024.

Voter Registration

You may register to vote in California if:

  • You are a United States citizen at the time you register
  • You are a resident of California
  • You are at least 18 years of age on or before the date of the next election
  • You are not in prison or on parole for a felony conviction
  • You have not been judged by a court to be mentally incompetent

Voter registration applications are available at City Hall, library, California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), and U.S. post offices. For further information regarding online voter registration or to obtain a vote-by-mail ballot, please visit the office of the San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder or call 805-781-5228. For additional voter information, visit the Office of the Secretary of State.

Voter Registration Deadlines:

In California, the deadline to register to vote for an election is 15 days before each local and statewide Election Day.

You will need to re-register to vote when:

  • You move
  • You change your name
  • You change your political party choice

Locate your Polling Place:

To find the polling place to cast your ballot in San Luis Obispo County: Polling Place Search

Voter Status:

You may look up your voter status in San Luis Obispo County: Online Voter Status Search