The City Clerk serves as the Elections Official for the City of Stockton, consolidating elections with San Joaquin County to reduce the cost of conducting an election.  The City Clerk also manages the nominations for Council office and performs prima facie review of any petitions filed with the City. 


Time Off to Vote

On election day, California law allows you up to two hours off to vote, without losing any pay.  You may take as much time as you need to vote, but only two hours of that time will be paid.  The Secretary of State has provided a flier with additional information.


Voter Registration

The last day you can register to vote by U.S. mail for any election is 15 days prior to the election.  Deadline to register to vote online using the California Online Voter Registration (COVR) website is 12:00 midnight 15 days prior to the election.


Additional duties related to elections include:

  • adjusting Council District Boundaries,
  • preparing the Council Candidate Handbook,
  • receiving and processing Campaign Statements,
  • receiving and processing Statements of Economic Interest filed by Councilmembers, Boards & Commissions, and Designated Employees,
  • monitoring the filings and initiates amendments or updates to City's Conflict of Interest Code, and
  • promoting voter registration and participation.


The City Clerk's Office has prepared a Candidate Handbook reference for candidates running for City Council.  You can download a copy of the handbook here or contact the City Clerk's office.


If you are considering running for office, please refer to Manual 2 from the FPPC website listed (see External Links below) and the Stockton City Charter articles 6 & 7 for regulations and requirements.


The City Council Members are elected officers identified in Government Code Section 87200 and file statements of economic interests with the City Clerk's office.  Copies of the statements of economic interests filed by the above elected officers may be obtained by visiting the offices of the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) or the City Clerk's office:

Fair Political Practices Commission
428 J Street, Suite 620
Sacramento, California  95814
City of Stockton
Office of the City Clerk
425 N. El Dorado Street
Stockton, California  95202
The statements of economic interests for some state and local government agency elected officers may be available in electronic format on the FPPC website (link in External Links below.)


External Links

FPPC - Fair Political Practices Commission - Manuals and forms to assist candidates, officials, and committees in meeting reporting obligations

California Secretary of State - Election results for nationwide and statewide elections

San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters  - Voter registration and results for local elections

California Elections Code - SEC 14000 Privileges of Voters



This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 11/12/2014