For the November 4 Berkeley general election, the election season has now begun. Those seeking elected office should visit our election page and look at the Candidate Handbook and Resource Guide.
The candidate nomination period is now open. The nomination period runs from July 14 to August 8. Anyone seeking elected office in Berkeley may make an appointment with the City Clerk to obtain the nomination papers required to become a qualified candidate.
All candidates must pay a filing fee to the City Clerk in the amount of $150. Candidates may obtain signatures from Berkeley voters to offset the filing fee. Each valid signature on an in-lieu petition reduces the $150 filing fee by $1. Petition forms must be obtained directly from the City Clerk Department. The period to obtain petition forms starts May 30, 2014, and ends on July 24, 2014. Full instructions to file in-lieu petitions can be found at this link. Contact the City Clerk at 981-6900 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
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 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.