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The Town of Atherton contracts with the San Mateo County Clerk-Recorder-Assessor to conduct the Town's general municipal elections. The five members of the Atherton City Council are elected at-large to four year terms. Elections occur in November of even-numbered years and the terms are staggered so that no more than three City Council seats are up for election at any one time.

City Council called the election for purposes of electing two (2) Councilmembers to City Council for terms ending in December 2020. 

As of the 5:00 pm on August 12, 2016 nomination period deadline, two candidates for City Council (Elizabeth Lewis, Cary Wiest) qualified for the open seats to be voted on at the Presidential Municipal Election on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.

Elections Code 10229 states that if there are not more candidates than offices to be elected at a municipal election, City Council can choose to cancel the election. On August 24, 2016, by resolution, the City Council cancelled the election and appointed Elizabeth Lewis and Cary Wiest to the offices to which they were nominated. 

Appointed Council Members Lewis and Wiest will be sworn in at the December 7 City Council Meeting. 
Status of City Council Candidates for November 8, 2016
(nomination period opened July 18 through August 12)

Candidate Name

Papers Taken Out
Papers In




Elizabeth Lewis





Cary Wiest




Who may register to vote? 
You may register to vote if you are:
  • A US citizen
  • A resident of California
  • At least 18 years of age on or before the next election
  • Not in prison or on parole for a felony conviction
  • Not declared mentally incompetent by court action

How do I register to vote? 
You may fill out a Voter Registration Form available at all post offices, city halls, most public libraries, Department of Motor Vehicles and most governmental agencies. Once you sign the form, just drop it in the mail. Postage is pre-paid.

The Secretary of State's website enables you to fill out a registration form online. The online form uses your signature on file with the DMV. If you have no DMV signature, you may print out the form and mail it in.

When must I re-register to vote? 
If you move, change your name or wish to change your political party affiliation, you must re-register to vote.

Must I register with a specific party? 
No. California law states that an individual may select the "No Party Preference" when registering to vote.

Can I change my political party affiliation? 
Yes. If you wish to change your political party affiliation you must re-register at least 15 days prior to an election.

For more FAQs about voter registrations visit shapethefuture.org

Absentee Ballot
If you are unable to vote at the polls on Election Day or want to vote by mail you can apply for an absentee ballot.

Polling Places and Voter Registration 2014
Polling places may differ from election to election so you should check with the San Mateo County Election Division if you are unsure where to vote for a particular election. The County provides the City Clerk Department with a precinct and polling place list for each regular city election a few days before each election.

The last day to register to vote for the November 8, 2016 Election is October 24, 2016. You can check with the San Mateo County Election Division on  your voter registration status or look up your polling place for the upcoming election. You may also register to vote online.