Special Announcement:

City of Hayward Transition to District-Based Elections Information

We're initiating a process to move from at-large to a district-based system of elections for City Council starting in 2026.

This change in the election process will benefit from feedback from residents who know the community best, and the City is launching an outreach process to engage residents in the district formation process. 

To facilitate the sharing of information and gathering of input and feedback on the drawing of district-election maps, the City has established a website accessible by clicking the button below. Community members can also ask questions and provide input and feedback by calling (510) 583-4444 or by sending an email to districting@hayward-ca.gov

How to Vote

Ways to Vote:

  1. U.S. Mail:  Your vote-by-mail ballot includes a prepaid postage return envelope. Please make sure your ballot is postmarked by Election Day!

  2. Ballot Drop Box:  We have convenient locations in Hayward (view map) which are accessible to drop off your ballot starting October 10th, open 24 hours a day, until 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. Drop boxes are equipped with security measures and ballots are retrieved directly by Registrar of Voters staff. Make sure to sign the back of your Return Envelope! Ballot Drop Box Locations ►
  3. In Person at an Accessible Voting Location: In-person voting locations will offer safe, accessible and secure options by using personal protective equipment and having physical distancing protocols in place.  20 Vote Center locations will be open 11 days prior to the election (includes Election Day),  October 29 - November 8. 80 Vote Center locations will be open 4 days prior to the election (includes Election Day),  November 5 - November 8. For a list of voting locations maintained by the Alameda County Registrar of Voters: List of Voting Locations  Find your closest location by entering your address: Vote Center Locations ►

At Accessible Voting Locations You will be able to:

  • Vote in-person
  • Drop off a vote-by-mail ballot
  • Use devices that allow voters with disabilities to vote independently
  • Receive a replacement ballot
  • Obtain language assistance
  • Register to vote or update registration information

Drop Box Locations:

For the full list of locations, please visit Drop Box Map

You voted! Now what?

Sign-up at acvote.ballottrax.net to receive automatic e-mail, SMS (text), or voice call notifications when the county has received your ballot, counted your ballot, and if there are any issues with your ballot.

Ballot Tracker

Questions? Contact:

Office of the City Clerk
(510) 583-4400 or Email →