voter information for november 3, 2020

EARLY VOTING is available at the EL Cerrito Community Center(7007 Moeser Lane) on Friday, 10/30 (11-7), Saturday, 10/31 (9-5), (CLOSED SUNDAY), Monday, 11/2 (11-7), and Tuesday, 11/3 (7-8). Vote by mail ballots can be dropped off at this location ONLY during the posted early voting hours. Ballots can be dropped off at City Hall 24/7 until 8:00 p.m. on election day.

SECURE VOTE BY MAIL BALLOT BOX located at El Cerrito City Hall, adjacent to the rear parking lot of the building. While voters can also return their ballot by way of the US Postal Service, VOTERS SHOULD NOT USE ANY BALLOT BOX NOT LISTED BY THE COUNTY. Any ballot box not listed by the County is not secure nor managed by County Election staff and may result in your ballot not being counted. The 37 secure ballot boxes are only accessible by County Election staff and the City’s Election Official. Ballots are transported to the County Elections Office by county election staff who check and empty locations regularly throughout the voting period. Find out more information about the secure ballot boxes HERE. For questions, please contact the County Election office at (925) 335-7800.

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POLLING LOCATIONS can be found on the county election website. Please note that while polling locations held at city hall and the community center will be accessible to voters, city facilities will remain closed to the public.

TRACK YOUR BALLOT through California’s official “Where’s My Ballot?” tracking tool. Signing up takes less than three minutes and you will be able to track when your ballot is mailed, when it has been received, and when it has been counted. Visit wheresmyballot.sos.ca.gov to sign up today. For more information please contact Contra Costa County Elections at voter.services@vote.cccounty.us or (925) 335-7800.

Conducting Elections

The City Clerk is the elections official for the City of El Cerrito, responsible for conducting municipal elections and provides election support to officeholders, candidates, and ballot measure proponents and opponents.

The City of El Cerrito's regular General Municipal Election is held on the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November on even-numbered years. The City Council is comprised of five elected councilmembers with staggered four-year terms. There is no limit to the number of terms an individual can serve on the City Council.

The next general municipal election will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 for the election of three city council seats.

City Council candidates

To be eligible to run for City Council, a candidate must be a resident of El Cerrito and a registered voter at the time nomination papers are issued. The candidate nomination period is determined by Election Code.

For the November 3, 2020 election, the nomination period will begin on Monday, July 13, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. and will close on Friday, August 7, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. If any incumbent does not file by the deadline, the nomination period will be extended to Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.


Candidates must wait until the nomination period begins to obtain a nomination packet from the City Clerk.


Candidates are encouraged to contact the City Clerk for more information prior to raising or spending money towards a campaign for office. The City Clerk can be reached at 510-215-4305 or via email at cityclerk@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us.


For detailed information about running for elective office, and to view information regarding candidates, please visit the El Cerrito Candidates page.

Ballot Measures

Measures qualify for the ballot in a variety of ways pursuant to California Elections Code Division 9, Chapter 3. A measure can be placed on the ballot by the legislative body (i.e. City Council) or by qualified citizen initiative petition. The initiative petition process is detailed in California Elections Code Section 9200 and 9600.

The legislative body (i.e. City Council), any individual voter who is eligible to vote on the measure, a bona fide association of citizens, or any combination of these voters and associations may file a written Argument In Favor or Against any measure placed on the ballot by the governing body or by initiative.

Measures qualified for the ballot are published in the Voter Information Guide and mailed to registered voters in the city who are eligible to vote. For more information, please visit the El Cerrito Measures page

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