Elections and Voting

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Municipal elections are held in the City of Newark in November of even-numbered years. The next municipal election will be held on November 6, 2018. Newark's Mayor and City Council members are elected to office by registered voters of the City of Newark. Any resident of the city who is 18 years old and a registered voter living in Newark is eligible to run for Mayor or for the City Council. The nomination period  begins mid July 2018 and ends mid August 2018. Candidates for office must submit nomination papers that contain the signatures of at least 20 registered voters of the City of Newark. The City Clerk's Office coordinates municipal elections with the Alameda County Registrar of Voters and supplies the nomination papers as well as other pertinent information to candidates at the beginning of the nomination period.

In order to vote, you must be a citizen of the United States, a resident of Newark, and 18 years of age or older as of the day of the election. You must be registered 15 days prior to the election. Registration forms are available at City Hall, at any of the fire stations, and at the Post Office. You may register to vote online through the Secretary of State webpage.

Election results for city elections (as well as for primary and general elections held in the State of California) are available on the Alameda County Registrar of Voters website after the close of the polls on election night.

Persons interested in running for the Newark Unified School District Board of Education or on special district boards that represent Newark residents should contact the Alameda County Registrar of Voters at (510) 272-6933 for information.

Vote By Mail Ballot Drop Box in front of Newark City Hall

A permanent Vote By Mail Ballot Box has been installed outside of the entrance to Newark City Hall, near the flag pole at 37101 Newark Boulevard. The Vote By Mail Drop Box is available 24 hours a day beginning 29 days before an election.  You may return your voted ballot until the closing of the polls at 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Vote by mail allows voters to cast a ballot without going to a polling place. If a registered voter has applied to vote by mail, the Alameda County Registrar of Voters office mails a ballot to the registered address of the voter beginning 29 days before an election. The voter marks the ballot and returns it to the election office by mail. The voter can also return it in person to the office or to any polling place on Election Day to be counted.

For more information about voting by mail, contact the Registrar of Voters Office at (510) 272-6973.