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 council 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 Ranked-Choice Voting system, a candidate for Mayor, Auditor, or City Council must receive a majority 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. Initiatives, referendum measures, and charter amendments require a simple majority vote.
On Election Day, polls will be open from 7am - 8pm. Polling Places may change from election to election - be sure to verify your polling location by checking the the Voter Pamphlet/Sample Ballot you received in the mail or checking online with the Registrar of Voters online lookup tool.
Vote-by-Mail voters may drop off their voted vote-by-mail ballot in the ballot box in front of the Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Building at 2180 Milvia Street. The drop off box is available 24-hours a day and will be in service for every election. The Alameda County Registrar of Voters will retrieve the Vote-by-Mail ballots daily, ending at 8:00 pm on Election Night. No postage is necessary for ballots returned in the drop box. Voters may also drop off their vote-by-mail ballot at any polling place in Alameda County between 7:00 am and 8:00 pm on Election Day. Vote-by-Mail ballots that are mailed must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by the Registrar of Voters office no later than three days after Election Day.
For more information, contact the City Clerk at 981-6900 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also access all election information by visiting http://www.cityofberkeley.info/elections.
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
Berkeley General Election Turnout History