Welcome to the City of Auburn’s Municipal Election webpage.  

The City of Auburn General Municipal Elections are held in November of even-numbered years. Other special elections may be called from time to time by the City Council. City council members are elected at large for a four-year term. The City Council serves staggered terms, i.e., two or three seats are open each election cycle. Nomination papers to seek office are available from the City Clerk's office prior to each election. 


The next General Municipal Election for the City of Auburn will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, to fill two seats on the Auburn City Council, as well as the elected seats for City Clerk and Treasurer. The ballot will also include two City measures, Measure J and Measure K.

November 8, 2016 Election FAQ's
FAQ's for City Measure J
FAQ's for City Measure K

Get election night results at Placer County's election website here.

Nomination Period

Those interested in becoming a candidate should contact the City Clerk’s office who will assist candidates throughout the election process.  The City Clerk will issue Nomination Papers and Candidate Handbooks during the nomination period from July 18 through August 12, 2016, unless an incumbent does not file, then the period is extended five additional days to August 17, 2016.  If you are interested in running for office, please schedule an appointment with the Assistant City Clerk by calling 530-823-4211 x112 or email alind@auburn.ca.gov.

Candidate Information

Candidates must be 18 years of age, a citizen of the United States, and a registered voter residing within the City limits at the time the Nomination Paper is issued.

Event Date
Nomination Period Opens 07/18/16
Nomination Period Closes 08/12/16
Extended Nomination Period Closes (if applicable) 08/17/16
Secretary of State Holds Random Alpha Drawing 08/18/16
First Day Campaign Signs May Be Erected 09/09/16
First Day Sample Ballots May Be Mailed to Voters
Last Date to Register to Vote In This Election
Last Day to Request Vote-By-Mail Ballot


Voter Registration
To be eligible to vote in an election, you must register at least 15 days prior to the election date. Once you have registered, your voter registration will remain active, regardless of whether you voted in the last election.

You are entitled to register to vote if you are:
  • A U.S. citizen at the time of registration;
  • a California resident;
  • at least 18 years of age; and
  • not in prison or on parole for a felony conviction.

You must re-register if you:

  • Move;
  • Change your name;
  • Change your political party affiliation.

Where do I register to vote?
Voter registration forms are available at:

Placer County Department of Elections
2956 Richardson Drive
Auburn, CA 95603

Online voter registration is available through the Secretary of State's Office at registertovote.ca.gov. A signature on file with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or online interview will allow you to complete the process.

Find out if you are a registered voter.

See the Placer County Elections website for more information.

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