How to vote in Cathedral City’s special election on short-term vacation rentals

The Riverside County Registrar of Voters began mailing out absentee ballots this week for Cathedral City’s

The Riverside County Registrar of Voters began mailing out absentee ballots this week for Cathedral City’s March 2 election on short-term vacation rentals. 

Approximately 21,000 vote-by-mail ballots will be mailed to Cathedral City voters this week for the upcoming special election. 

Unlike the Nov. 3 election, vote-by-mail ballots will not be mailed to every registered voter. Permanent vote-by-mail voters will automatically receive a ballot, and other voters can request a one-time vote-by-mail ballot. 

A “yes” vote on Measure B will uphold the city council’s decision to phase out short-term rentals by 2023. There are exceptions for home owners associations and “home-sharing” arrangements, or a rental where a permanent resident is also staying at the property. 



a sign on a beach: Opposing signs for and against Measure B sit on Date Palm Drive in Cathedral City, Calif on Wednesday, February 3, 2021. The ballot initiative will allow voters to decide on the future of short-term rentals in the city during a March 2 special election.


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Opposing signs for and against Measure B sit on Date Palm Drive in Cathedral City, Calif on Wednesday, February 3, 2021. The ballot initiative will allow voters to decide on the future of short-term rentals in the city during a March 2 special election.

A “no” vote will revert to a prior set of regulations on short-term rentals in the city.

To register for the March 2 election, Cathedral City residents must submit a voter registration application by Feb. 16. 

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Voters have until Feb. 23 to request a vote-by-mail ballot. Completed vote-by-mail ballots must be received at the Registrar of Voters office or at the Cathedral City Hall by the close of polls on March 2, or must be postmarked on or before March 2 and arrive no later than March 5.

Drop-off boxes for vote-by-mail ballots are available at Cathedral City Hall and outside the registrar’s office at 2720 Gateway Drive in Riverside. Vote-by-mail ballots can also be dropped off at Cathedral City polling places by 8 p.m. on March 2.

In-person early voting began Monday at the Riverside County Registrar of Voters office, and continues weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The registrar’s office will also be open on March 2 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

On March 2, polling places will be open at Cathedral City’s City Hall, 68-700 Avenida Lalo Guerrero; the Cathedral City Branch Library, 33-520 Date Palm Drive; and Northgate Community Church, 30-010 Date Palm Drive. 

For more information on voting in the March 2 special election, visit to www.voteinfo.net

Erin Rode covers the western Coachella Valley cities of Palm Springs, Cathedral City and Desert Hot Springs. Reach her at erin.rode@desertsun.com.

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