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HOW TO VOTE IN THE NOVEMBER 3 ELECTION
6 secure ballot drop boxes and 9 accessible voting centers in Berkeley

Berkeley, California (Friday, October 30, 2020) - Take steps to know how, where, and when you can register and vote for the November 3 election and then be sure to cast your ballot.

You can take your mail-in ballot, which was sent to all registered voters, and take it to one of several drop boxes spread throughout the City or be sure to postmark it by Nov. 3 if you're going to mail it.

In addition, neighborhood polling places have been replaced with large voting centers, where people can register and vote in-person in a physically distanced way over four days.

In addition to Presidential race, there are 12 statewide propositions, 8 Berkeley-specific ballot measures and candidate elections for Mayor, four City Council seats, two School Board seats, and five seats on the Rent Stabilization Board on your Berkeley ballot. You can learn how to vote using "ranked choice voting," which will be used in the Mayoral and Council races.

Voting is safer and easier thanks to state and county precautions created for this pandemic. Learn what steps you'll need to take and vote!

Vote by mail

Vote-by-mail ballots - which all registered voters should have received - can be submitted by mail or at an official Registrar of Voters drop box. The return envelope is postage paid, you do not need to add postage to your return envelope. Remember to sign the back of your return envelope - otherwise, your vote will not be counted.

If you did not receive your ballot, or if it was lost or damaged, you'll need to go to a Voting Center starting Saturday, October 31 to obtain and cast your ballot.

Voters must use a drop box or voting center in the county in which they are registered to vote.

Ballot drop boxes

This year, there are 6 official secure drop boxes in Berkeley, and 60 more throughout Alameda County.

  • Berkeley Civic Center Building, 2180 Milvia
  • University of California Berkeley, between Sather Gate and Architects & Engineers Building
  • Frances Albrier Recreation Center, 2800 Park
  • Claremont Branch Library, 2940 Benvenue
  • North Branch Library, 1170 The Alameda
  • West Branch Library, 1125 University

The Registrar of Voters picks up ballots from the drop boxes every day. The last pickup will be 8pm on Tuesday, November 3. You do not need postage for ballots submitted at a drop box.

Mail in your ballot

If you mail in your ballot through the post office, it must be postmarked by November 3. The return envelope is postage paid, you do not need to add postage to your return envelope.

Track your ballot

Once you've submitted your ballot, get notified when it's been received and counted by signing up for Alameda County's Track My Ballot online notification system, which is available in nine languages.

Vote in person

This year, neighborhood polling places have been replaced with large "Accessible Voting Locations" with enough space to support COVID-19 social distancing. If you go to vote in person, bring hand sanitizer with you, wear a mask, and be careful to stay at least 6 feet away from other voters while you are waiting. If possible, don't bring anyone with you to a voting center who is not there to vote.

Voting centers are open 9am to 5pm Saturday, October 31 through Monday, November 2. On election day, November 3, they will be open 7am to 8pm.

Berkeley Voting Centers

Berkeley voters can vote at any of 100 voting centers across Alameda County. There are nine locations in Berkeley:

  • Berkeley High School gym, 1980 Allston
  • Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline
  • Lawrence Hall of Science, 1 Centennial
  • Longfellow School Gym, 1500 Derby
  • City of Berkeley facility (formerly Premier Cru), 1011 University
  • MLK Student Union 3rd Floor ballroom, 2455 Bancroft
  • Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda
  • Epworth United Methodist Church, 1953 Hopkins
  • Willard Middle School, 2425 Stuart

Register to vote at any Voting Center

If you aren't yet registered, you can still vote. Any eligible Alameda County resident can register this weekend or on November 3 at any of the 100 voting centers across the County.

You're eligible to vote if you are:

  • a United States citizen
  • 18 years or older on Election Day
  • Not currently in prison or on parole for a felony
  • Not currently judged mentally incompetent to vote by a court of law

Where to find information

Berkeley candidates and ballot measures

Visit cityofberkeley.info/elections for the full text, ballot question, City Attorney's analysis, and arguments for and against all 8 Berkeley measures on your ballot. The site also includes candidate statements and campaign finance reports for all Berkeley races.

State candidates and ballot measures

There are 12 state propositions on your ballot. Find information about these races at Voters Edge California, a non-partisan website that provides the full text of the proposed legislation, impartial analysis from the State Legislative Analyst's Office, and published arguments for and against each measure.

Ranked Choice Voting

In Berkeley, we use Ranked Choice Voting to select candidates for certain local elections. This method allows voters to mark their first through fifth choice for Mayor and City Council offices. If no candidate gets more than 50 percent of first place voters, the ranked choice process will be used to determine the winner. Learn more about this process with our ranked choice voting primer for Berkeley voters or on the Alameda County Registrar of Voters website at acvote.org/voting/rcv.

Results

Election results will be published on the Alameda County Registrar of Voters website. Although some results will be published after polls close November 3, keep in mind that it will take some time for all ballots to be counted. The results posted on election night will not be the final tally, and the outcome of races may change.

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