Elections and Voting

Elections and Voting

Municipal elections are held in the City of Newark in November of even-numbered years. The next municipal election will be held on November 8, 2016. 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 for the November 8, 2016 election begins on July 18, 2016 and ends on August 12, 2016. 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:  http://registertovote.ca.gov

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. http://www.co.alameda.ca.us/index.htm

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.


To be eligible to run for City Council or Mayor, a person must be a resident and registered to vote in the City of Newark.

For the November 8, 2016 election, the nomination period opens at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, July 18, 2016 and closes at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 12, 2016. This is the period of time during which you may obtain your nomination packet, which includes the forms you need to submit in order to run for office. Please contact City Clerk Sheila Harrington at 510-578-4266 or via email at sheila.harrington@newark.org for an appointment to obtain a nomination packet. Nomination packets are only issued during the official nomination period.

If nomination papers are not filed by an incumbent by the 4:00 p.m. deadline on August 12, 2016, the nomination period will be extended until Wednesday, August 17, 2016 by 5:00 p.m. Incumbents are not eligible to file during the extended period.

Your official nomination paper will be included in your nomination packet. To qualify as a candidate, you must obtain the signatures of at least 20, but not more than 30, registered voters in Newark.

The ballot designation is the word, or group of not more than three words, which will appear on the ballot under your name. It designates your principal profession, vocation or occupation, subject to certain requirements of the Elections Code.

Candidate statements are limited to 200 words by the Elections Code. The statement is published in the Sample Ballot and mailed to all registered voters. If you choose to have a candidate statement, you will be responsible for the cost of printing, translating and publishing the statement in the Sample Ballot. A $200 deposit will be required when you return your nomination paperwork.


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 or their visit their website www.acgov.org/rov/votebymail.htm.