Election 2020: Piedmont votes

What will the 2020 election look like in Piedmont? According to City Clerk John Tulloch (citing Alameda Country Registrar of Voters data), there are currently 9,031 registered voters in Piedmont and 68% of those registered voters have already returned their ballots. In Alameda County, 51.8% have already returned their ballots.

In the 2016 presidential election there were 8,634 registered Piedmonters and 7,460 (86.4%) voted — 5,552 (74%) voted by mail.

This year, all registered Californians received mail-in ballots. If you haven’t already cast your ballot and don’t plan to use the ballot drop-off box in town, you can drop off your ballot in person at Veterans’ Memorial Hall starting this Saturday.

Here’s what the City of Piedmont wants you to know about casting your ballot before next Tuesday:

“Each registered voter in the city will be mailed a vote by mail ballot. Mailing will begin on Monday, October 5th. Voters can sign up to track the status of your vote by mail ballot.

Voters may drop vote-by-mail ballots into the secure ballot box located on Highland Way near the mailboxes 24 hours a day up to and including Election Day at 8:00PM. Click to view a map of the Ballot Drop Boxes in Alameda County. Voters may also turn in Vote By Mail ballots to any Accessible Voting Location in Alameda County on Election Day.

The Veterans’ Memorial Building will serve as an Accessible Voting Location for this election. Any resident of Alameda County can come to the Veterans’ Hall and cast their ballot or drop off their vote by mail ballot. Here are the hours of operation:

  • Saturday, October 31st, 2020 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Sunday, November 1st, 2020 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Monday, November 2nd, 2020 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020 – Election Day 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Click to view a complete list of the Accessible Voting Locations for the November 3, 2020 General Election. Each of the nearly 100 accessible voting locations throughout Alameda County will be open from October 31st through Election Day, November 3rd.”

Fun fact: Did you know you can get election night results for local races and ballot measures in Piedmont as soon as the polls close? The Alameda County Registrar of Voters updates results throughout the night. Bookmark this page.

What’s on the ballot?

In addition to the national, state, county and city-level races, there are a number of state propositions to consider.

CalMatters has an excellent explainer of them all HERE.

In August, Piedmont City Council placed two measures on the ballot. The first proposes an increase to the existing Real Property Transfer Tax (Measure TT). The second (Measure UU) would authorize the sale of bonds to fund the construction of a new community pool.

See the Ballot Measure Information page on the city’s web site for more information.

Exedra coverage

You can read all our election-related articles, including letters to the editor, HERE.

Still not sure who to vote for? Revisit our candidate Q&As:

https://piedmontexedra.com/2020/09/exedra-qa-with-candidates-for-piedmont-city-council
https://piedmontexedra.com/2020/09/exedra-qa-with-candidates-for-piedmont-board-of-education

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