The City is holding a Special Election on March 3, 2020 for an initiative measure. The measure asks the voters to amend the Municipal Code to update the City's procedures for the rotating appointment of the Mayor and Mayor Pro Tempore on an annual basis by requiring one year of Council service before assuming either office, allowing Council Members to decline a nomination and setting revised rules for priority of selection based on time served on Council.
Residents should receive their Voter Information Guide at the end of January 2020.
Vote by Mail ballots sent around February 3, 2020.
Vote by Mail ballots can be dropped off at City Hall reception in the blue box beginning February 3, 2020. The Registrar of Voters collects the ballots on a weekly basis. Ballots that are turned in before election day will be counted and included in the first reporting of election results around 8:00 p.m.
The City's next General Municipal election will be held on November 3, 202 for three (3) City Council seats. With voter approval of Measure Q - Council Term Limits in November 2010, two Council Members are termed out in 2020, Ted Mertens and Ty Peabody. Council Member Kimberly Muzik can run for one more term.
Nomination papers to run for City Council will be available starting July 13, 2020. Please contact the City Clerk at 760/346-2489 to set up an appointment to receive nomination papers.
City Council Public Hearing: March 19, 2020
City of Indian Wells:
Instructions for candidates
Resolution calling election
Political Activities Policy at IW Golf Resort
Political sign regulations
Past election results
Registrar of Voters:
Services to candidates
Election calendar for candidates
Vote by Mail ballots
Voter registration information
Application to purchase registration information - Return to City Clerk or Registrars Office
Secretary of State Ballot Designation Regulations
Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC):
FPPC Local Candidate Manual No. 2
FPPC campaign filing deadlines
FPPC campaign filing documents (Forms 501, 410, 460, 470, 497)
FPPC Form 700
FPPC advertising requirements and restrictions
FPPC candidate toolkit - getting started
FPPC fact sheets
Recent changes to the Political Reform Act
League of California Cities:
A Guide to the Ralph M. Brown Act