City of Hayward - Heart of the Bay
Voter Information and Registration

In order to vote in the next election, you must be properly registered with Alameda County.

Qualifications for Registering to Vote

To register to vote, you must be:
  • A U.S. citizen and a resident of California
  • Not in prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony
  • At least 18 years of age by Election Day
Voter Registration Deadline
The voter registration deadline is always 15 days before an election. However, voters who register after the 29th day before an election will not receive a sample ballot or other election information by mail.

Where to get Voter Registration Forms

Postage-paid voter registration forms are available at these locations:
  • City Halls
  • U.S. Post Offices
  • Public Libraries
  • Department of Motor Vehicles Offices
  • Alameda County Registrar of Voters
When to Re-register to Vote
In order to remain eligible to vote, you must re-register whenever you:
  • Change your residential address
  • Change your name (first, middle or last name)
  • Change your political party affiliation
Vote by Mail
Any registered voter may vote by mail. You may apply for a vote by mail ballot with the Alameda County Registrar of Voters. The Alameda County Registrar of Voters must receive your application no later than seven days before election. Postmarks do not count.

Polling Places

Polling Places are established by the Alameda County Registrar of Voters. For more information, contact the Alameda County Registrar of Voters.

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