The City of Imperial Beach has five elected positions: one Mayor and four City Council Members. Beginning in 2020, Imperial Beach City Council elections transitioned from at-large voting to district-based voting. The Mayor will continue to be elected by all voters in the City, regardless of a voter's residence location. Voters from Districts 1 and 3 will elect Council Members to represent Districts 1 and 3 during the November 8, 2022 General Municipal Election. For information on elected officials, see the Imperial Beach Elected Officials page.

Upcoming Election

A General Municipal Election will be held in the City of Imperial Beach on Tuesday, November 8, 2022, for the purpose of electing the following:

  • A Mayor for a full four-year term with a term expiring November 2026
  • Two City Council Members:
    • One member of the City Council to represent District 1 for a full four-year term with a term expiring November 2026
    • One member of the City Council to represent District 3 for a full four-year term with a term expiring November 2026


Find your election district by seeing the Council District Map.

Enter your street address in the upper right-hand corner and zoom in and out of the map as needed by clicking the + or - signs in the upper left-hand corner.

Candidate Filing Period

The candidate filing period is Monday, July 18, 2022 to Friday, August 12, 2022. All candidates must be registered voters of the City of Imperial Beach at the time nomination papers are issued and also reside in the district they are seeking to represent. The office of the Mayor is at-large and candidates for Mayor must reside in the City of Imperial Beach.

If the incumbent for the Mayor's seat does not file by the August 12, 2022 deadline, the deadline will be extended to August 17, 2022, at 5 pm for non-incumbent candidates.

Nomination Papers may be obtained from and returned to the City Clerk by appointment only, from July 18, 2022, through August 12, 2022, during normal working hours as follows:

  • Monday through Thursday, from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm (closed Fridays, except for August 12)
  • Friday, August 12, from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm

For more information on running for office in Imperial Beach or to obtain nomination papers, please contact Jacqueline Kelly, at 619-423-8616.

The filing period to be a Write-in Candidate opens on September 23 and closes on October 25, 2022.

The City of Imperial Beach currently has no local laws setting campaign limits. Assembly Bill 571 (Statutes 2019, Chapter 556, Assembly Bill 571 Mullin), effective January 1, 2021, applies a campaign contribution limit to city and county candidates when the city or county candidates when the city or county has not already enacted a contribution limit. The state default limit for contributions from a single source to City of Imperial Beach candidates for 2021-2022 is set at $4,900 per election. Information on contribution limits can be found on the Fair Political Practices Commission website.

Voter Registration

You may check your voter registration status on the San Diego County Registrar of Voters Office website to make sure you are eligible to vote in the next election. You must be registered to vote at least 15 days before an election. If the registration deadline has passed for an upcoming election, you may visit the Registrar's office during the 14 days prior to, and including Election Day, to conditionally register and vote provisionally.

Voting material mailings begin 29 days before the election. To make sure your voting materials are promptly delivered to you, please verify that you are registered correctly.

If you have recently submitted a voter registration form, please note that it can take several days to process your registration.

You Can Register to Vote in California, if you are:

  • A U.S. Citizen
  • A California Resident
  • At least 18 years of age on or before the next election
  • Not in state or federal for a felony conviction
  • Not declared mentally incompetent by court action

California Online Voter Registration is available on the California Secretary of State website.

Voter registration forms are available to residents who wish to register by mail or in-person with the San Diego County Registrar of Voters Office. Voter registration forms can be picked up in person from the City Clerk's office, library, Department of Motor Vehicles, or post office and mail it to the Registrar of Voters.

Information Resources

For further information, contact the City Clerk or view election resources for additional assistance.