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November 3, 2020 Election

The next municipal election will be held on November 3, 2020 for Mayor and two City Council seats.

Eligibility for Candidacy

Any resident of the city who is 18 years of age or older and a registered voter living in Newark is eligible to run for Mayor or for the City Council.

Nomination Period

The nomination period runs from mid July 2020 through mid August 2020. This is when you may obtain a nomination packet, which includes the forms needed to run for office.  Please contact City Clerk Sheila Harrington at 510-578-4266 or via email at for an appointment.  Nomination packets are only issued during the official nomination period.

The nominations packet will include the official form necessary for candidates to obtain the signatures of at least 20 registered voters of the City of Newark.

Candidate Statement

Candidate Statements are optional and are limited to 200 words. The statement is published in the Sample Ballot and mailed to all registered voters.  If you choose to have a candidate statement, you are responsible for the cost of printing, translating, and publishing the statement in the Sample Ballot.  A deposit, amount to be determined, will be required when nomination papers are filed.

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. 

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 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. 

Vote By Mail Ballot Drop Box in front of Newark Library

Due to the New Civic Center Construction Project, the City Hall Vote By Mail Ballot Box has been moved to Newark Library. The Box was installed outside of the Newark Library at 6300 Civic Terrace Avenue. 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.