To minimize the spread of COVID-19, the City will be reducing service levels to essential services only. All City Hall offices are closed, except the main customer service counter (which is now open Monday-Friday from 8AM-5PM), Development Services, and the Permit Counter which is also open 8AM-5PM. See the Essential Services guide under the News Section for more details.



Welcome to the City of Lincoln's Municipal Election webpage.  

For specific information on the November 3, 2020 election please go here.

City of Lincoln 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 of Lincoln City Council Members are elected by district to staggered 4-year terms. The City of Lincoln consolidates its General Municipal Election with the statewide election held in even-numbered years. The City of Lincoln has no term limits and no campaign contribution limits.  The Mayor is appointed every year on a rotational basis by the City Council.

The City Treasurer is also an elected position but this position is elected at-large rather than by district.

The City Council approved Ordinance 1004B which transitions the City to district elections beginning with the November 3, 2020 election.  The approved district map can be viewed here.

To find out what district you live in please CLICK HERE. This web app allows you to zoom in at the street or house scale but it looks best on either a computer or tablet.  If you open it on your phone, the street names will not display until you are zoomed in at the street/neighborhood scale.  

Upcoming Elections
City of Lincoln's next regularly-scheduled election will be held on November 3, 2020. At this election, City of Lincoln voters will elect 3 City Council members and 1 City Treasurer.  The seated Council members who may run for re-election are Paul Joiner, Dan Karleskint and Peter Gilbert. The seated City Treasurer who may run for re-election is Gerald Harner.

Candidate Qualifications:

Candidates interested in running for City of Lincoln public office must meet the following requirements established by the State of California Elections and Government Codes:  

• Must be at least 18 years of age
• Must be a citizen of the United States and a resident of the State of California
• City Treasurer candidates must be a registered voter and a resident within the city limits of City of Lincoln at the time nomination papers are issued
• Council members must reside in, and be a registered voter in, the district in which they seek election at the time nomination papers are issued.

Voter Registration:

 A person, 18 years of age or older and not imprisoned or on parole for the conviction of a felony, may register to vote at anytime; however, registration for a specific election closes 15 days prior to that election. Registration is permanent, and a new affidavit of registration need only be executed if you have changed your name, address, or wish to change your political party affiliation. Voter registration forms are available at City Hall, the County Registrar of Voters Office, or online through the California Secretary of State.  Check to see if you are registered by clicking here.

You must re-register if you:

  • Move
  • Change Your Name
  • Change You 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 A signature on file with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or online interview will allow you to complete the process.

Fair Political Practices Commission - Campaign Filing Obligations:
• Candidates must file a Candidate Intention (Form 501) before raising or spending any money, including the candidate’s personal funds.

Additional filing obligations may be applicable, please click here for more information regarding campaign disclosure requirements.

Candidate & Committee Campaign Statements

Campaign Disclosure Filings are completed semi-annually, and during an election year, 2 additional pre-election statements are required. All original documents are public information and available in their entirety in the City Clerk's Office for review during regular business hours Monday through Friday, or copies can be made at the cost of $.20 per page.
Upcoming filing deadlines are as follows:
  • Semi-Annual Statement Due January 31, 2021.

City of Lincoln Political Sign Regulations, please click here for more information.

Election Contact Information
Gwen Scanlon, City Clerk
City of Lincoln
600 Sixth Street
Lincoln, CA 95648
General Information: (916) 434-2493

The City Clerk can provide general information, but cannot give legal advice.

Other Important Telephone Numbers and Addresses:
Fair Political Practices Commission
428 J Street, Suite 620
Sacramento CA 95814
Toll Free Technical Assistance: 1-866-275-3772
Main Telephone: (916) 322-5660
Fax: (916) 322-0886

Secretary of State
1500 11th Street, Room 495
Sacramento CA 95814
General Information: (916) 653-6814
Political Reform Division: (916) 653-6224

Placer County Registrar of Voters
2956 Richardson Drive
Auburn, CA 95603
Telephone: (530) 886-5688

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