March 3, 2020 Special Municipal Election

At its regular meeting on December 2, 2019, the City Council placed a renewal of the City’s Municipal Services Special Tax, better known as the Parcel Tax, on the March 2020 ballot. This election will be consolidated with the statewide Presidential Primary Election and there will be primary contests for President, United States Representative, State Senator, Assemblymember, Superior Court Judge, and member of the County  Board of Supervisors on the ballot. There will also be one statewide and one countywide measure on the ballot. 

Results

For election results, please see the Alameda County Registrar of Voters web site. 

Voter Registration

The last day to register to vote for the March 3rd election is Tuesday, February 18th. Voter registration forms are available at the City Clerk’s Office and the Registrar of Voters Office. Online voter registration is available at http://registertovote.ca.gov/ If you can't get registered by this date, you can go to a polling place on election day and conditionally vote. The Registrar of VOters will verify your eligibility to register and then count your vote!

Vote By Mail

Vote by Mail ballot began mailing on February 3rd. The last day to request a Vote by Mail ballot is Tuesday, February 25th. Voters may drop Vote By Mail ballots in to the secure ballot box located on Highland Way near the mailboxes 24 hours a day up to and including Election Day. Voters may also turn in Vote By Mail ballots to any polling place in Alameda County on Election Day.

Sample Ballot / Voter Information Pamphlet

The Alameda County Registrar of Voters began mailing Sample Ballot / Voter Information Pamphlets to registered voters on Thursday, January 23rd. If you have not received your sample ballot by October 16th, please contact the Alameda County Registrar of Voters Office at (510) 272-6933.


Measure T

Public Review of Election Documents

Elections Code Section 9295 requires that several documents, including arguments and the City Attorney's Impartial Analysis of measures be made available for public review for a period of ten days, ending Monday, December 23rd. Please see the documents below:

Arguments

At the same meeting, the City Council set a deadline of Friday, December 13, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. for the submission of direct arguments for and against the measure to be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office. Direct arguments are limited to 300 words and are confidential until the deadline.

The Council also set a deadline of Friday, December 20, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. for the submission of rebuttal arguments to the City Clerk’s Office. Rebuttal arguments are limited to 250 words and are confidential until the deadline.

Residents or groups interested in submitting arguments are encouraged to contact the City Clerk’s Office at (510) 420-3040 for more information.

Each proponent/author of an argument must submit a signed certification statement with the argument. 

History

In 1981, 1984, and every four years since, the City Council has placed a measure before the voters of Piedmont to approve the Municipal Services Special Tax (Parcel Tax), which provides approximately 8% of the City’s general fund budget. The parcel tax is levied against all improved lots in the city, with a rate based upon the use, and in most cases, parcel size. The current tax, approved by the voters in 2016, expires on June 30, 2021.

At its meeting of October 7, 2019 the Council received a recommendation from the Budget Advisory and Financial Planning Committee (BAFP) that a renewal of the parcel tax should be placed before the voters and that the Council should maintain the current tax rate. The Committee stated that, “…The continued need for the Parcel Tax is demonstrated with a review of the City’s recently provided ten-year General Fund financial projections, as well as an analysis of the City’s facilities maintenance needs.”

At the Council’s December 2, 2019 meeting, it gave final approval to the placement of the renewal on the March 2020 ballot.

Documents

October 7, 2019 City Council Meeting

November 18, 2019 City Council Meeting

December 2, 2019

Residents with questions are encouraged to contact the City Clerk's office at (510) 420-3040 or via email at cityclerk@piedmont.ca.gov


Polling Place Locations

There will be six polling places in Piedmont on Election Day. The Registrar of Voters will announce the locations forty days before the election. Your polling place location will be indicated on your Voter Information Pamphlet.
YOUR POLLING PLACE LOCATION MAY HAVE CHANGED. Please check your sample ballot or the My Voter Profile page to find out which polling place is yours.

Poll Workers Needed

The Alameda County Registrar of Voters is seeking poll workers for the November 4th Election. If you are interested in being a poll worker or doing other work related to the election, please visit the Registrar of Voters Election Worker page. The Registrar is especially seeking bilingual poll workers.

General Information

If you have any questions regarding your voter registration, your sample ballot, or your polling place location, please contact the Alameda County Registrar of Voters Office at (510) 272-6933.