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Berkeley, California (Tuesday, February 07, 2017) - The mail-only election for City Council District 4 began Monday Feb. 6, giving voters a month to cast their ballots until the final voting day, March 7.

There is still time to register to vote by mail and fill the vacancy for District Four. Residents of the district have another two weeks - until February 20th - to register to vote. Use the City's council district locator to see whether you are within district boundaries. 

Two candidates, Ben Gould and Kate Harrison, completed the nomination process and qualified for the ballot. Use the City of Berkeley website to view their candidate statements or their campaign finance filings on the City's campaign finance portal. The special election in District 4 was  called by the City Council and will be conducted only by mail. All registered voters in District 4 (see map) will receive a ballot and a postage-paid return envelope in the mail.  No additional postage will be needed to mail back a ballot. The vote-by-mail period opened on February 6, 2017.    

Mailed ballots, which must be postmarked on or before Election Day, can be received by the Registrar of Voters up to three days after Election Day. 

Voters may also return their ballot physically in three ways:

  • The permanent ballot drop box in front of Berkeley City Hall,  2180 Milvia Street, roughly the center of District 4. It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • The Registrar of Voters office, 1225 Fallon Street, Rm. G-1, Oakland, CA 94612-4283  Map / Directions. 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. Election Day hours are 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM
  • On Election Day, a voting center will be open from 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. on the first floor of the Berkeley Civic Center Building at 2180 Milvia Street. At the voting center, an accessible touchscreen/audio voting machine will be available for voters with visual, auditory, or motor skill limitations.  Any voter may drop their voted ballot in the signed return envelope at the voting center.
  • In addition to the Election Day voting center, voters with visual, auditory, or motor skill limitations may cast their vote on an accessible touchscreen/audio voting machine at the Registrar of Voters office starting on Monday, February 6th 2017 and ending on Election Day Tuesday, March 7th, 2017.

In order to vote in the District 4 Special Election on March 7, you must register with the Alameda County Registrar of Voters by Monday, February 20, 2017.  You may obtain a voter registration form at the Berkeley Public Library, Berkeley City Hall (2180 Milvia Street), Department of Motor Vehicles, or the county Registrar of Voters. Alameda County residents can also go online to check their  voter profile and registration status.  

Remember to register and remember to vote!


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