Municipal Election

Waterford’s general municipal election is held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of even-numbered years. The Mayor and Council Members are elected at-large on a non-partisan basis. The Mayor is elected to a two-year term; Council Members are elected to four-year terms. All Council Members enjoy the same power and privileges; however, the Mayor presides over Council meetings, signs official documents, and officiates at ceremonies and events. Following each election, the City Council appoints a Vice-Mayor who assumes the duties of Mayor in his or her absence. The City Clerk serves as the elections official and is responsible for issuance and acceptance of nomination papers, city measures and the publication of necessary legal notices. In addition, the City Clerk is the filing officer for all campaign and conflict of interest filings required by the Fair Political Practices Commission.

In order to qualify as a candidate for a member of the City Council, an individual must be a registered voter and a resident of the City of Waterford at the time nomination papers are issued. Nomination petitions must contain the signatures of at least twenty (20) registered voters from the jurisdiction and must be filed with the City Clerk’s Office no later than the close of the nomination period. If any incumbent does not file nomination papers within the filing period, the filing period will be extended for an additional five calendar days to allow other qualified candidates, except the incumbent, to file for that office.


The City of Waterford will conduct an election on November 8, 2016 for the purpose of electing a Mayor and two (2) Council members.  For additional election information, please contact the City Clerk’s office at (209) 874-2328 ext. 109.

Notice of Election – Nov 8 2016


To be a candidate for City Council, you must be registered to vote in the incorporated area of the City of Waterford at the time nomination papers are issued.

Nomination papers require that the candidate obtain not less than 20 nor more than 30 signatures from eligible registered Waterford voters who reside in the City.

Nomination Filing Period: The nomination filing period to be a candidate for the November8, 2016, general municipal election is July 18, 2016 to August 12, 2016 by 5:00 p.m.



Voter registration forms may be obtained from the Waterford City Clerk’s office or from the Office of the Stanislaus County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk. For voter registration information, please contact Stanislaus County at


Polling place information can be obtain by visiting the Stanislaus County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk at


To become a permanent Vote By Mail voter, please contact Stanislaus County at


Stanislaus Clerk Recorders – Elections
California Fair Political Practices Commission