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Municipal elections in Portola Valley are scheduled on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of even-numbered years, to coincide with the Statewide General Election. On November 3, 2020 the Town will hold an election to elect (2) two Town Councilmembers each to a four-year term.

The following candidates, running for the two open seats on the Portola Valley Town Council, have filed their nomination papers and are qualified candidates for the November 3, 2020 election.

Name  Pulled Papers Returned Papers   Qualified Candidate
 Sarah Wernikoff  July 13, 2020  July 20, 2020  July 20, 2020
 Mary Hufty  July 13, 2020  July 28, 2020  July 31, 2020


Any member of the public who meets the requirements below may run for office in the Town of Portola Valley
   · Be at least eighteen years of age
   · Be a citizen of the United States and a resident of the State of California
   · Be a registered voter of the Town of Portola Valley

The filing period for candidates is between July 13, 2020, and August 7, 2020. The Town Clerk must receive all required paperwork by 5:00 pm on August 7, 2020. If an incumbent does not file for reelection, the filing deadline for non-incumbents only is extended until 5:00 pm on August 12, 2020. Candidates must obtain and complete the official nomination documents issued by the Town Clerk during the nomination period. Nomination papers are available beginning July 13, 2020.

To request nomination documents, please contact the Town Clerk at (650) 851-1700 x210 or email Due to COVID-19, it is preferred that documents are issued by mail or email, and reviewed via video conference.

To attend San Mateo County Candidate Seminars, you must RSVP. The seminars will be conducted online via Microsoft Teams on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at 10 am and Thursday, July 23, 2020, at 2 pm.

Portola Valley Town Council Candidate Packet - Please contact the Town Clerk to schedule an appointment to receive the Candidate Packet (Nomination Papers) at or (650) 851-1700 ext.210.

San Mateo County Elections Office - Candidate Guide

San Mateo County - Candidates and Campaigns

If you have moved, changed your name, or want to update your political party, you will need to re-register to vote!

Register to Vote -
Click here to register to vote on-line or check your current registration status. You must provide your California Drivers License number and/or the last four digits of your social security number to apply on-line.

In addition to registering to vote via this website, you can also pick up voter registration forms at Town Hall, public libraries, county offices, post offices and the Department of Motor Vehicles. You may also call the Elections Office at (650) 312-5222 and they will mail you a form.

Apply for Vote by Mail -
To become a permanent Vote by Mail voter, print, complete, sign and mail back the permanent Vote by Mail application. The return instructions are at the bottom of the application form.

If you send a letter requesting to be permanently registered to Vote by Mail, you must include the following information: your full name, residence address (in San Mateo County), mailing address where you want your ballot sent (if different from your residence address), the name and date of the election, and your signature.

Applications to Vote by Mail must be received by the San Mateo County Registration & Elections Division, at 40 Tower Road, San Mateo, seven days prior to the election.

Go Green!
Assembly Bill 1717 enables voters to "Go Green" and sign up to access their Sample Ballot & Official Voter Information Pamphlet online instead of receiving a paper version in the mail.

Fair Political Practices Commission

League of Women Voters

California Election Code

Should you have questions or require additional information, please contact Sharon Hanlon, Town Clerk at and (650) 851-1700 ext. 210.