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Posted on: July 8, 2020

[ARCHIVED] City of Arcata 2020 General Election Information

2020 Vote

The City of Arcata will hold a general municipal election on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Three seats on the Arcata City Council will be up for election, and two measures will be included on the ballot. 

The City Council adopts laws and sets policies to guide the City Manager and City staff in City operations. City Council members attend two regular City Council meetings each month in addition to other special meetings and study sessions, and other monthly meetings of various regional agency partners. 

Nomination papers for the City Council seats will be available beginning at 9 AM Monday, July 13 through Friday, August 7. Nomination papers may be received electronically upon request by emailing the City Clerk at or by calling 707-825-2103. 

Nomination papers may also be picked up at the City Manager’s Office in City Hall, located at 736 F Street. The process to pick up nomination papers in-person takes about 30-45 minutes, and those who wish to use this option are encouraged to make an appointment in advance by calling 707-825-2103 or 707-822-5953.

 Qualifications for individuals who wish to run for a seat on the Arcata City Council include that they must be at least 18 years old, must live within Arcata city limits, and are registered to vote at their Arcata residence address. Nominees must also obtain at least 20, but no more than 30, signatures of registered voters who reside within Arcata city limits and are registered to vote at their Arcata residence. 

 Two City ballot measures to be voted on at the November 2020 General Election include a measure to increase the City’s cap on affordable housing, and a measure to approve an annual parcel tax of $37 to fund the improvement and maintenance of Arcata’s City parks, trails and open spaces.  

 Primary arguments for or against a ballot measure were due to the City Clerk on Friday, July 17, and they can be found here. 

Rebuttal arguments are due on Tuesday, July 28, and for more information on requirements for submitting a rebuttal, please contact the City Clerk by email at or by calling 707-825-2103. 

 For more detailed information on the election and ballot measures, please click here or call 707-822-5953. 

To register to vote or check your voter registration status, please click here


City of Arcata Elections Information
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