General Municipal Elections
The City of Goleta consolidates its General Municipal Elections with Santa Barbara County Elections Division. The General Municipal Elections are in conjunction with statewide elections, scheduled on the first Tuesday of November of even-numbered years. As the City’s Election Official and, in compliance with the California Elections Code, the City Clerk oversees administration of municipal elections and election services.
In 2018 the Mayor was elected-at-large for a two-year-term. City Council members are elected at-large for a four-year term. Council members serve "staggered" terms, meaning that 2 seats are open for election every two years.
Vote by Mail
For the first time, the 2020 election will be an all mail-in ballot with no in-person polling. Register to vote at https://registertovote.ca.gov/.
Notice to Voters of Date After Which No Arguments For or Against City Measure May be Submitted to the City Clerk
General Municipal Election Information
The 2020 General Municipal Election will be held on November 3, 2020, for the following:
- One Mayor's seat elected-at-large for a two-year or four-year term
- Two City Council Seats: Elected at-large for a four-year-term
The following measure will be submitted to the Voters:
“Shall the term of office of the mayor be changed from two years to four years?”
Rebuttal Argument - Measure O2020For detailed information about running for elective office, and to view information regarding candidates, please visit the City of Goleta Candidate Information page.
Mayor and City Council Compensation
Each member of the City Council shall receive a salary, the amount of which shall be based on the maximum amount allowable on the schedule set forth in Government Code Section 36516. The current monthly salary for the Mayor is $3,889.30, and $3,241.08 for City Councilmembers. Goleta Municipal Code Section 2.01.080.
Election results will be available from Santa Barbara County Elections Division on election day, November 3, 2020, at https://countyofsb.org/care/elections.
Election & Informational Resources
City of Goleta Notices
- Notice of Election (English)
- Notice of Election (Spanish)
- Notice to Voters of Date After Which No Arguments For Or Against a City Measure May Be Submitted to the City Clerk
City of Goleta Information
- Goleta Election Calendar
- City of Goleta Candidate Information
- City of Goleta Measure: Mayoral Term - coming soon!
- City of Goleta Election Results - available Election Day