Election 2020 - City Begins District Elections

November 3, 2020, Election

Register to Vote Now >>  VOTE BY MAIL - Voting early and voting at home is the most cautious and securest way to keep everyone safe. Outdoor, non-contact drop boxes will be available across the county for returning ballots if voters do not want to drop them in the mail.  The City of Richmond's permanent Vote-by-Mail box is located at 450 Civic Center Plaza under the overpass just off the Council parking lot on 27th Street. 

List of candidates/measures

Regional Early Voting Sites

Permanent Vote-by-Mail common questions 

Ballot Drop Boxes 

Polling Places

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General Information

Nomination Period:  The nomination filing period is Monday, July 13, 2020, through Friday, August 7, 2020, 5:00 p.m.  The nomination period extends to Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 5 p.m. if an incumbent does not file for re-election by Friday, August 7, 2020, 5:00 p.m. (Elections Code 10225).  Due to COVID-19, in order to practice social-distancing, All candidates will be required to make an appointment with the Clerk’s Office to obtain and file nomination papers; and masks will be required.   Clerk’s Office - (510) 620-6513, Ext. 9.  Email: cityclerkdept@ci.Richmond.ca.us

Districts seats to be filled in November 3, 2020, election include Districts 1, 5, and 6.   Councilmembers up for reelection in 2020 include: Ben Choi, Jael Myrick, and Melvin Willis.

The current City Council resides in the following districts:

District 1 -  Melvin Willis
District 2 - Nathaniel Bates & Jael Myrick
District 3 - None
District 4 - None
District 5 - Ben Choi & Eduardo Martinez
District 6 - Demnlus Johnson III

2020 Candidate Guide

Sample Nomination Documents

Qualifications for Office

  • Every candidate shall:
  • Be a U.S. citizen. (Cal. Const., art. IV, § 2(c)1)
  • 18 years of age by Election Day
  • C. Be a registered voter in the district you wish to run for within the City of Richmond, and otherwise qualified to vote for that office, at the time nomination papers are issued to the person. (Elections Code §201)
  • D. Eligible to take the Oath of Office
  • E.  Not have been convicted of a felony involving accepting or giving, or offering to give, any bribe, the embezzlement of public money, extortion or theft of public money, perjury, or conspiracy to commit any of those crimes. (Elections Code §20)

Key Election Dates

Voter Information Guide MailingApproximately September 24, 2020
Vote by Mail MailingOctober 5, 2020
Registration DeadlineOctober 19, 2020
Supplemental Voter Information Guide MailingOctober 22, 2020
Last Day to Request a Vote by Mail BallotOctober 27, 2020
Last Day to Return or Mail a Vote by Mail BallotNovember 3, 2020
Election DayNovember 3, 2020
Canvass PeriodNovember 4 - December 3, 2020
Certification Deadline / Final Results TransmittedDecember 3, 2020

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