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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election
Ballot and voting information for Alameda County.
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Hayward Votes Together InitiativeCharter Amendment

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June 7, 2016California Primary Election

City of Hayward
Measure C Charter Amendment - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

13,891 votes yes (60.63%)

9,019 votes no (39.37%)

  • 100% of precincts reporting (104/104).

Shall the charter and municipal code of the city of Hayward be amended to change general municipal elections from June of even-numbered years to November of even-numbered years, to be effective in 2018; and, if approved, to extend temporarily by five months the terms of the mayor and council members elected in 2014 and 2016, respectively, and whose terms expire in 2018?

Information provided by Alameda County Elections Office

Supporters say

Supporters, including the Local 1021 chapter of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which provided funding to back this initiative, argued that holding city elections on the same day as the state's general election and national elections would increase voter turnout and save taxpayers money through consolidating with other elections in the county.

Opponents say

Opponents argued that the city's issues and candidates would get buried under high-profile state legislator races, U.S. Senate and U.S. Congress contests and the presidential election. Others critiqued SEIU Local 1021, arguing that it backed this initiative because its leaders "believe[d] their big money will have more influence in a long, crowded, expensive November election than in June," allowing them to control the city council more easily.

Impartial analysis / Proposal

An initiative petition proposing an amendment to the iiayward City Charter has qualified for the June 7, 2016 ballot, which, if approved by a simple majority of voters voting on the measure, would move the City's general municipal election from June of even-numbered years to November of even-numbered years. In addition to the proposed charter amendment, there is a municipal code amendment which more specifically outlines how the change in election dates would take place. 

At the current time, Hayward's general municipal election is consolidated with the Statewide Primary Election which is held the second Tuesday of June in even-numbered years. The general municipal election has been consolidated with the Statewide Primary Election since voters approved the change in 1994. Prior to the change in 1994, the general municipal election was held in April of even-numbered years. 

The City of Hayward's general municipal election includes election of a Mayor and members of the City Council. The Mayor is elected every four years. The six members of the City Council serve staggered four-year terms. For example, in 2016, voters will fill four of six Council seats, ln 2018, voters will till the seat of the Mayor and two of six Council seats. 

A general municipal election might also include proposed measures sponsored by the City Council or initiative measures such as charter amendments, ordinances, and general or special taxes. 

The proposed charter amendment and municipal code amendment, if approved by a simple majority of voters voting on the measure (50 percent plus one vote), would become effective after certification of election results and applicable to the 2018 general municipal election. 

The effect of the municipal code amendment would be to extend the terms of incumbents elected in June, 2014 and June, 2016, respectively, to November, 2018 and November, 2020 — a period of five months in each of those election cycles — in order to align with general municipal elections held in November, 2018, and thereafter.

 

— Hayward City Attorney

YES vote means

yes vote is a vote in favor of moving the city's general election from June in even-numbered years to November in even-numbered years to coincide with state and federal general elections.

NO vote means

A no vote a vote against moving the city's general election to November and in favor of continuing to hold general elections in June of even-numbered years.

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