The City Clerk is the election official and oversees the administration of city elections to ensure compliance with all city, state, and federal laws and policies to ensure that city elections are conducted in a fair and impartial manner.

General Law

Poway is a General Law city governed by a 5-member City Council. A Mayor and 4 members of the City Council are directly elected at large to 4-year terms. A municipal election is held on the 1st Tuesday after the 1st Monday in November of even-numbered years. The Mayor is the presiding officer of the City Council, the Planning Commission, the Poway Housing Authority, the Poway Public Financing Agency, and the Successor Agency to the Poway Redevelopment Agency.

2016 Municipal Election

On November 8, 2016, Two Council seats will be up for election. Below is a list of the ten candidates running for office. Candidate Statements may be obtained by contacting the City Clerk's office at cityclerk@poway.org, by phone at 858-668-4530, or in person at the City Clerk's office during normal business hours. Candidate filings are no longer being accepted.

Measure W

Do you approve Specific Plan Amendment 16-002 as adopted by the Poway City Council to amend the Old Coach Golf Estates Specific Plan, to allow development of a hotel with up to 240 rooms on the existing Maderas Golf Course site located at 17750 Old Coach Road?



​Calendar of Events

The calendar below outlines the important dates related to this election (dates governed by the Elections Code).  

Political Sign Regulations 

On August 2, 2016, the Poway City Council adopted sign regulations which will affect political signs this campaign season. These regulations can be found in the Poway Municipal Code, Section 17.40.090(D), and in Ordinance No. 791 which was adopted August 2, 2016. These regulations are outlined in the Campaign Sign Regulations Fact Sheet and FAQ’s below:

Poway Campaign Contribution Regulations

The City of Poway local contribution regulations can be found in: Poway Municipal Code Section 2.28

Additional Information

For information related to voter registration, the notice of election, Frequently Asked Questions, and more, please see the links below.