General Election Information
The City Clerk is the local elections administrator for the City's General Municipal Election. The City Clerk's responsibilities include, but are not limited to: the preparation of necessary resolutions calling General or Special Municipal Elections; the coordination of the candidate nomination process; ballot designation and statement of qualification; the receipt and processing of initiative, referendum, and recall petitions; and the certification of election results.
In order to vote in an election, you must be a registered voter. Voter Registration Forms and other information can be obtained through any of the following means:
- The Manhattan Beach City Clerk's Office:
- 1400 Highland Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
- Call (310) 802-5056
- The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk:
- The California Secretary of State:
- Call (800) 345-8683
November 3, 2020 General Municipal Election Information
The next regularly scheduled local General Municipal Election will be held on November 3, 2020 for three City Councilmember seats and one City Treasurer seat. Any citizen in the City of Manhattan Beach may run for public office if the following general requirements are met:
- a citizen of the United States
- a legal resident and registered voter of the City of Manhattan Beach
- 18 years old or older on Election Day
- not under a court order declaring you mentally incompetent
- and not serving a court sentence for a felony or election law violation
More specific qualifications and filing deadlines to run for a particular office vary. Citizens who desire to run for public office that meet these general qualifications should contact the City Clerk’s office at firstname.lastname@example.org OR call (310) 802-5056 - Monday-Thursday 7:30 am – 5:30 pm and Friday 7:30 am – 4:30 pm.
Filing Period for Nomination Papers and Candidate's Statements
The filing period for Nomination Papers and Candidate's Statements begins 7:30 AM on Monday, July 13, 2020 and ends at 4:30 pm on Friday, August 7, 2020. Candidates may pull and then file their Nomination Papers anytime during that period during Manhattan Beach City Hall Hours. If a qualified incumbent fails to file by 4:30 PM, Friday, August 7, 2020, non-incumbents may file during an extended period until 5:30 PM, Wednesday, August 12, 2020.
The filing period for Write-In Candidates begins Tuesday, September 8, 2020, and ends on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 5:30 PM.
The City will host a public meeting (Date and Time TBD) to provide all candidates an opportunity to hear from the City's Executive Management team regarding various programs and services provided by each department. The Department Heads will also be available to answer questions about City operations.
On the ballot for consideration will be three (3) City Council Seats, term of four years and one (1) City Treasurer Seat, term of four years.
Candidate information will be listed as it becomes available.
Oath of Office
Below is the Oath of Office that is administered to all elected officials:
I,____________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties upon which I am about to enter.