In the Nov. 3, 2020, election, Berkeley voters chose the city’s mayor and four City Council members, selected two new School Board commissioners and five rent board members, and considered eight ballot measures related to everything from emergency preparedness to council member salaries. Scroll down to see Berkeley’s 2020 election results for all the candidates and measures. Don’t miss Berkeleyside’s election night blog for more granular coverage.
The certified results below are from Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Mayoral race: Berkeley’s 2020 election results
Berkeley City Council District 2
See the ranked-choice voting report for Tuesday, Dec. 1. Raw numbers for first-choice candidates appear below. City Council candidates who do not receive 50% of the vote go to a ranked-choice race where the ballots for the less popular picks are reallocated until the top candidate crosses the 50% threshold.
Berkeley City Council District 3
Berkeley City Council District 5
Berkeley City Council District 6
Berkeley School Board (2 seats)
Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board (5 seats)
Berkeley ballot measures
East Bay Regional Park board, Ward 1
Original story, Nov. 3: As of the morning of Election Day, 78,897 ballots had been issued in Berkeley and 53,072 ballots had been returned. The vote-by-mail return rate for the entire city was 67%. Overall turnout four years ago was 78% citywide, and it was expected to be much higher in 2020.
Alameda County Registrar of Voters Tim Dupuis has 17 days after the election to tally any ballots postmarked by Election Day. He said he expects to have the bulk of the mail-in ballots sent prior to Election Day counted Tuesday night. Those numbers make up the first batch of results that are released. Historically, mail-in ballot numbers are available within about 30 minutes after polls close.
After those figures come out, Dupuis said, there will be more regular updates than there have been in prior years. In the past, hours sometimes passed between the first results and subsequent reports from election officials.
Dupuis told Berkeleyside updates should be available hourly on election night; the counting will continue into the ballots cast in person on Election Day are tallied. (Mail-in ballots dropped off at voting centers aren’t counted until later.)