Pinole's Elections Information

Elections Information

The City Clerk is the City Elections Official and is responsible for administering the City's general municipal elections and special elections for both candidates and measures; and processing petitions relating to initiatives, recalls and referendums.

Voter Registration

Registration is permanent and a new affidavit of registration need only be executed if you have changed your name, address or wish to change your political party affiliation.

You are eligible to register to vote if you are:

  • A United States citizen, and
  • A resident of Contra Costa County, and
  • 18 years of age or older on Election Day, and
  • Not in prison, or on parole, serving state prison sentence in a county jail, or serving sentence for a felony, and
  • Not found to be mentally incompetent by a court of law.

The deadline to register or re-register to vote for any elections is on the 15th calendar day before the election.  Register ONLINE by visiting the California Secretary of State website. Registration forms are also available at any Department of Vehicles office, most post offices, public libraries and at Pinole City Hall.


Conditional Voter Registration is a new safety net for Californians who miss the deadline to register to vote or to update their voter registration information.  While you may not be able to vote at your regular polling place or vote by mail, there will be an opportunity to cast a ballot by completing the conditional voter registration process.

Eligible citizens who miss the deadline can go to their county elections office or a designated satellite location to register and vote conditionally. Their ballots will be processed once the county elections office has completed the voter registration verification process.

Have additional questions about your local conditional voter registration locations? Contact the Contra Costa Elections Office at (925) 335-7800 or visit their website by clicking here.


To pre-register to vote in California, you must:

  • Be 16 or 17 years old, and
  • A United States citizen and a resident of California, and
  • Not currently in state or federal prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony, and
  • Not prohibited from voting by a court because of mental incompetency.

You will automatically be registered to vote on your 18th birthday. To pre-register click here.

City of Pinole Chapter 1.16: Local Campaign Contributions Limits

City of Pinole Voluntary Local Campaign Expenditure Limitation for Candidates to Elected Offices

City of Pinole Political Signs Restrictions


Residents can save postage and time with this vote-by-mail program

Contra Costa residents will find it easier to vote in the upcoming March 3rd Presidential Primary Election, as the Contra Costa Elections Office and City Clerks countywide provide convenient Vote By Mail drop off locations, prior to and on Election Day.

The secure drop-off boxes will be in place at Contra Costa city halls, the county Administration Building in Martinez and some select community centers, senior centers and libraries starting the week of February 10th – just days after voters receive their permanent vote-by-mail ballots. 

New to the drop off program is the addition of a dozen permanent drop off boxes that will be located outdoors. These secure boxes will be conveniently available to voters beyond normal business hours, including nights and weekends.

A full list of drop-box locations is available at

Pinole will have both internal drop-off boxes on the 2nd Floor of City Hall (next to elevator) and an external 24 hour drop off box near the Pear street entrance.

The distinguishable boxes inside buildings will be available during normal business hours. Postage is not required for any Vote By Mail return method.

Contra Costa voters can drop their ballots at any location, regardless of where they live. City Clerk staff members will have the Contra Costa County’s new and always-popular “I Voted” stickers available for those who drop off their ballots.

Ballots must be postmarked or dropped off on or before March 3rd. Ballots may also be dropped off between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm at the Contra Costa Elections Office in Martinez, located at 555 Escobar Street, or at any polling place on Election Day.

For more information about voting by mail, call 925-335-7800 or visit the Elections Office website at 
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