Voting & Election Information

City Clerk Election Information

The City of Emeryville General Municipal Election is normally held in November of even-numbered years, however, this year, there will be a special election held to fill the vacancy left by a Council Member resignation. The successful candidate would serve the remainder of the term, which will expire in December of 2024.

The date of the election will be on the next established election date which is Tuesday, November 2, 2021.

The City Council is composed of five Council Members. Council Members serve for staggered terms of four years. 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.

One Council Member seat will be up for election on November 2, 2021, with a term as noted above.

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 a.m. on July 12, 2021, and closes at 5:00 p.m. on August 6, 2021.  This time period and the deadline for filing are set by the California Elections Code and may not be extended under any circumstances, no exceptions. Candidates must arrive at their filing appointments with their paperwork complete prior to the 5:00 p.m. deadline, or they will be deemed non-compliant and will not be able to run for the office.

Candidates must contact the City Clerk to schedule an appointment to be issued the necessary forms and nomination papers to run for office, and a second appointment to file their completed nomination papers and other required documents.  As we emerge from the COVID-19 public health emergency, special arrangements may be made to file remotely if the prospective candidate wishes to do so; however, City Hall is now open to the public and we are prepared to conduct in-person appointments using safe practices.  All visitors to City Hall are asked to wear masks, including those filing elections documents.  Please note that the requirement for obtaining original signatures on nomination papers is still in effect.  It is recommended that the required 20-30 signatures be obtained 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.