Established Election Dates


The Registrar of Voters (ROV) will send Reports of Registration based on requests from the Secretary of State (SOS). Typical submittal of reports to the SOS in both odd and even years can range from 154-days and/or 123-days prior to a statewide election, if required by the SOS. In odd years reports are typically only requested in January; however, in the even years reports leading up to a statewide election the SOS will also request a 60-day and a 15-day report.

Below are odd-year reports submitted in 2021 to the Secretary of State:

Below are reports submitted to the Secretary of State for the September 14, 2021 California Gubernatorial Recall Election:

  • 60-Day Report submitted July 22, 2021
  • 15-Day Report​ (Coming Soon) 

Reports will be updated on this page as submitted to the SOS for each statewide election.


Be aware that when requesting cost estimates or calling for an election the ROV is not responsible for determining if a jurisdiction can hold an election as we cannot give legal advice; consequently, jurisdictions are encouraged to seek advice through their legal counsel. Please reference Elections Code Sections below related to Mail Ballot Elections.

Holding a stand-alone election is costly for a jurisdiction; Primary and General elections are shared-cost elections thus reducing cost amounts based on number of contests and ballot types. Additionally, when an election is called for a measure at the same time as board member elections, the ROV will charge less for the second issue. 

Please be advised that cost estimates are based on projected registration and available information, and are subject to change upon final billing following an election. The following factors are calculated into estimates:

  • ROV Labor Plus Overhead
  • Vote Center Staffing Plus Overhead
  • Vote Center Location Rental
  • Training Materials
  • One 6-page Measure
  • Postage In/Out
  • CVIG Order
  • Envelopes
  • Ballot Printing
  • Drayage, DRE Setup, etc.

Please contact the Fiscal Division at [email protected] to request a cost estimate and include your eligibility status. Click here to fill out District Election Cost Estimate Request Form.​ (REQUIRED)


When submitting a resolution to call an election for board members or measures, please email ROV - [email protected]. If withdrawing a contest from a ballot, an amended resolution must be submitted to the ROV prior to end of deadline.
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​Special Election Dates​ (Vote Center Voting)

​​​Mail Ballot Dates (Mail Ballot Only)


​Statewide (Gubernatorial) Election Dates​ (Vote Center Voting)

  • April 12, 2022 Special (abbreviated calendar not yet available)

  • June 7, 2022 Primary (abbreviated calendar not yet available)

    • NOTE: SB 970​​ approved by the Governor on September 18, 2020 enacted legislation to change the date of the statewide direct primary to the first Tuesday after the first Monday in June in even-numbered years in which there is no presidential primary.

  • ​November 8, 2022 General (abbreviated calendar not yet available)

​​​Mail Ballot Dates (Mail Ballot Only)

  • ​May 3, 2022 (abbreviated calendar not yet available)

  • August 30, 2022 (abbreviated calendar not yet available)


In accordance with Elections Code 1000​ the established dates are as follows:

(a) The first Tuesday after the first Monday in March of each year.
(b) The second Tuesday of April in each even-numbered year. 
(c) The first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of each year.

In accordance with Elections Code 1001 the statewide established election dates are as follows:

(a) An election held in November of an even-numbered year.
(b) An election held in March of an even-numbered year. 

​In accordance with Elections Code 1405, the default for a countywide initiative is the next statewide election (primary or general). (The Board of Supervisors can call a special election on an established election date as well):

  • The number of valid petition signatures needed to qualify a countywide initiative is 10% of the total votes cast in the county for Governor in the most recent gubernatorial election, as set forth in California Elections Code Section 9118.
  • Number of votes cast in the November 6, 2018 General Election for Governor was 614,551.
  • Required valid signatures needed to qualify countywide initiative is 61,455 (10% of number of votes cast for Governor).

​Please contact the Candidate Services Division at (408) 299-8639 for further information related to submitting a petition for countywide initiatives. Please also refer to the County initiative guide on the Recalls, Measures and Initiatives webpage as an additional resource.

In accordance with Elections Code 1500​ the mail ballot established election dates are as follows​:

(a) The first Tuesday after the first Monday in May of each year.
(b) The last Tuesday in August of each year.

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