Voting & Election Information

City Clerk Election Information

The City of Emeryville General Municipal Election is held in November during even-numbered years. The City Council is composed of five Council Members. Council Members serve for staggered terms of four years.

The next general municipal election will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Currently the Council Members receive an annual salary of $13,888.80.

Eligibility and Candidacy

To be eligible to run for office, a candidate must be a resident and registered voter in the City of Emeryville by the last day for filing of nomination papers. Registered voters in Emeryville must be U.S. citizens, residents of Emeryville, 18 years of age or older on the date of the election, and not in prison or on parole for a felony conviction.

Three 4-year Council Member seats will be up for election on November 3, 2020, General Municipal Ballot.

Nomination Period

This is the period when individuals may officially be issued nomination papers, circulate them for signatures and file for candidacy.

The nomination period for candidates opens at 9:00 AM on July 13, 2020, and closes at 5:00 pm. on August 7, 2020.  This time period and the deadline for filing are set by the California Elections Code and may not be extended under any circumstances. If, however, any incumbent Council Member does not submit nomination papers by this deadline, non-incumbent candidates will have an extension until 5:00 pm. on August 12, 2020, to file nomination papers.

Candidates must contact the City Clerk to schedule an appointment to take out and/or file nomination papers.  During the COVID-19 public health emergency, special arrangements may be made to file remotely if the prospective candidate wishes to do so; however, we are prepared to conduct in-person appointments using appropriate safe practices such as physical distancing, wearing of face coverings and sanitization of surfaces.  Please note that the requirement for obtaining original signatures on nomination papers has not been waived by the Secretary of State, and it has been suggested that, since only 20-30 signatures are needed, this can be accomplished within ones family and social bubble, and/or by using safe practices.  

Additional information about the General Municipal Election, including candidate and voter assistance information will be posted to website as it becomes available throughout the election season. Please contact Sheri Hartz, City Clerk, if you have questions regarding the upcoming election.

Voter Registration

Voters qualify for registration by being a U.S. citizen, age 18 years or older, a resident of Emeryville, and neither in prison nor on parole for a felony conviction.

Re-registration is required if you have moved since you last registered, changed your name, or changed your political party affiliation.

The registration deadline is 15 days before an election. You may register to vote online at the California Secretary of State's Website. For more information, contact the Emeryville City Clerk's office at (51) 596-7800 or contact the Alameda County Registrar of Voters at 510-272-6933.