Elections, Government transparency

Latest Updates:

  • As of November 14, the County is continuing its vote count from the November 6, 2018 election, and results are not yet final. Votes remaining to be counted include a portion of Vote by Mail ballots received in the mail, Vote by Mail ballots dropped off at Vote Centers or Drop Boxes, a portion of paper ballots cast at Vote Centers, and all provisional ballots. Out of a roughly 272,000 ballots cast countywide, 144,100 ballots have been counted to date (53%). Please visit the County's Election Results for updates.

  • The City is transitioning to district-based elections - see the details here.


The City Clerk serves as the official Elections Officer for Half Moon Bay, and conducts regular and special general municipal elections in consolidation with the County of San Mateo for the election of City Council members and local initiatives, referendums, and recalls. City Council members are elected at-large to four-year, overlapping terms, without term limits.  

Then next General Election will be held on November 6, 2018. For the most recent Election Results Archive provided by San Mateo County, click here

For voter registration and updated election information, visit the San Mateo Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder website.

The Initiative Process

An  initiative is the process by which the electors can propose a new ordinance for adoption by the City. The City Clerk, who is the City’s  Elections Official, is the contact person for information regarding the  circulation and filing of a petition, which is part of the initiative  process.

Fair Political Practices Commission/Campaign Filings

The  Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) is the state agency that  enforces state laws regarding, among other things, campaign finance and  spending, financial conflicts of interest, and gifts and honoraria given  to public officials and candidates under the Political Reform Act. The  FPPC provides written and oral advice to public agencies, candidates,  and officials on the requirements of the Political Reform Act. Please  visit the FPPC’s website for more information at www.fppc.ca.gov

Campaign Finance Ordinance

In  addition to state laws, the City of Half Moon Bay has adopted its own  campaign finance ordinance that contains additional restrictions and requirements. It can be viewed online

  1. Jessica Blair, City Clerk

    Jessica Blair, CMC

    City Clerk
    Phone: 650-726-8271