Alameda County Voters: You may drop off your vote-by-mail ballot (without postage) at the City Clerk Department at 2180 Milvia Street from 8am - 5pm on Election Day. You may also drop off your voted vote-by-mail ballot at any polling place on Election Day. To find your polling place, visit www.smartvoter.org or call 510-267-8683.
The Complete List of Campaign Contributions is available online at www.cityofberkeley.info/contributionlist and in hard copy at several locations throughout the City.
For information on City candidates and ballot measures, please visit the Election Information page. Profiles and statements from each candidate are available on the Candidate Information page. All ballot measure information, including arguments, analyses, and full text is posted to the Ballot Measure Information page. All documents are also available for viewing in the City Clerk Department at 2180 Milvia Street.
A training seminar on local campaign finance laws will be held on Wednesday, August 29th at 6pm at the North Berkeley Senior Center. For more information visit the Campaign Information page.
The period to file ballot arguments for or against City measures is open. The deadline to file primary arguments was Friday, August 17th. Rebuttal Arguments are due by Friday, August 24th at 12:00 p.m. (noon). Only the filer of a primary argument may file a rebuttal argument. Click here for more information. Contact the City Clerk at 981-6900 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Election News - Friday, June 1st is the first day that prospective candidates for City office can obtain signatures in-lieu of filing fee petitions from the City Clerk. Each valid signature on an in-lieu petition reduces the $150 filing fee by $1. Contact the City Clerk at 981-6900 or email@example.com to schedule an appointment. Candidates must wait until the nomination period begins on July 16 to obtain nomination papers required to become a qualified candidate.
1. When do we get official election results?
The Alameda County Registrar of Voters must certify the election results by the 28th day after the election. Please contact the Alameda County Registrar of Voters at 510-267-8683 or www.acgov.org/rov/current.htm for up to date results.
The City Council will certify the results and the new members will be sworn in at the next regular meeting after the Registrar certifies the election.
2. When do all the campaign signs come down?
Signs for candidates and ballot measures are required to be removed 15 days after Election Day. Candidates and committees may face fines if signs are not removed from public right-of-ways, which includes medians, sidewalks, parks, utility boxes and poles.
Residents who see political signs on public property in Berkeley, should report sign locations to the campaign committees, who are responsible for taking them down. If the phone number is not listed, or you would like the contact information for one of the ballot measure committees, please call the City Clerk Department at 510-981-6900.
3. What does it take to win a Council seat?
Under the new Ranked-Choice Voting system, a candidate for Mayor, Auditor, or City Council must receive a majority (50% + 1) of votes to be elected.
4. How does the Rent Board election work?
Rent Board Commissioners are elected by a plurality vote. The terms are four years.
5. How does the School Board election work?
School Board Directors are elected by a plurality vote. The terms are four years.
6. What does it take for a ballot measure to pass?
Bond measures and certain other special taxes generally require a 2/3 majority vote. Initiaves, referendum measures, and charter amendments require a simple majority vote.
Important Election Reminders for Berkeley Voters! Please be advised that the City Clerk Department will not serve as an Early Voting site for future elections. To cast your vote prior to Election Day, you must obtain a Vote-by-Mail ballot from the Registrar of Voter’s office at the County Courthouse in Oakland. Please contact the Alameda County Registrar of Voters at 510-267-8683 or www.acgov.org/rov for complete details.
If you received a Vote-by-Mail Ballot in the mail, your ballot must be RECEIVED by the Registrar of Voters by the close of the polls at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.
You may drop off your voted Vote-by-Mail Ballot at any of the following locations (your ballot must be sealed inside the yellow return envelope):
- The Registrar of Voters’ Office at 1225 Fallon Street in County Courthouse in Oakland - cross streets Oak and 12th (until 8:00p.m.)
- Any polling place in Alameda County (until 8:00 p.m.)
Call the Registrar of Voters at 510-267-8683 for the following questions:
- Registration Status (also available at http://www.acgov.org/rov/ )
- Polling Place Location (also available at http://www.acgov.org/rov/ )
- Early Voting at the Registrar of Voters Office
- Vote-by-Mail Questions
- Electioneering Issues
- Problems at the Polling Place
Polls open on Election Day at 7:00 a.m. and polls close at 8:00 p.m.
Please Remember to Vote!
For more information about Berkeley elections, please visit the Election Information page.