Hayward ballot initiative to change city elections date heads to June ballot

A campaign flyer given to Hayward residents
advocating for the charter amendment. The
literature was paid for by SEIU Local 1021.

HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL | A charter amendment to move Hayward municipal elections from June to November starting in 2018 is heading to the upcoming primary ballot.

The Hayward City Council approved a resolution Tuesday night directing the Alameda County registrar to place the issue on the upcoming June 7 primary ballot.

The decision does not represent any opinion of the council, but is merely a formality for any initiative to be placed before voters.

The initiative, backed the Service Employees International Union Local 1021, not only moves the city elections to November when voter participation is higher, but extends by months the terms of current councilmembers seeking re-election in 2018 and 2020. The short extension is meant to fully align the city’s elections with the fall electoral calendar.

Union members and other volunteers gathered 13,106 signatures to petition for the charter amendment. The number easily exceeded the needed 9,321 valid signatures required by the Alameda County Registrar’s office and was certified Jan. 21.

The proposed charter amendment has faced some criticism from sitting members of the city council who say attention for Hayward elections will be drowned out by national and statewide races and initiatives. However, voter participation for Hayward City Council June elections in recent years has been far lower than the county average.

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