Poway is a General Law city governed by a 5-member City Council. A Mayor and four members of the City Council are elected to serve 4-year terms. In 2018, elections for council members transitioned to by district, instead of at-large (also known as citywide) elections. The Mayor will continue to be elected on a citywide basis. Poway consolidates its General Municipal Elections with the Statewide General Elections held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of even-numbered years. View Council Districts Map

General Municipal Election - November 3, 2020

Please visit the November 3, 2020 General Municipal Election page for more information regarding candidates and measure

District Elections

Following a public input process including six public hearings, the City Council unanimously selected Council District Boundary Map 133 (PDF) and voted to transition to By-District Elections for City Council Members. The initial District Election was held November 6, 2018 for Council Districts 1 and 3. Election for Council Districts 2 and 4 will be held on November 3, 2020. You can find the District you live in here.

Running for Local Office

Getting Started (PDF)

Political Sign Regulations

On December 17, 2019, the Poway City Council revised its sign regulations. These regulations can be found in the Poway Municipal Code, Section 17.40.090(D), and in Ordinance No. 834.

Campaign Signs - Responses to Common Questions (PDF)

Campaign Regulations

Additional Information

 November 3, 2020 General Election - COVID-19 Update 
Pursuant to Executive Order N-64-20 (PDF), every Californian who is eligible to vote in the November 3, 2020 General Election shall receive a vote-by-mail ballot. 

Mail Ballot Drop-Off Locator

Official Mail Ballot Drop Off Locations (PDF)

Official Polling Places (PDF)

Vote Safe California (PDF)