Special Announcement:

City of Hayward Transition to District-Based Elections Information

We're initiating a process to move from at-large to a district-based system of elections for City Council starting in 2026.

This change in the election process will benefit from feedback from residents who know the community best, and the City is launching an outreach process to engage residents in the district formation process. 

To facilitate the sharing of information and gathering of input and feedback on the drawing of district-election maps, the City has established a website accessible by clicking the button below. Community members can also ask questions and provide input and feedback by calling (510) 583-4444 or by sending an email to districting@hayward-ca.gov

Guidelines & Regulations for Petitions

The information provided below is intended to be a preliminary guide for those interested in circulating a petition. It is the responsibility of the petition proponent to ensure that all legal and procedural steps are taken and that all requirements as to form are met.

Change the City Charter:

Read the Charter Amendment Guidelines for more details.

Initiative Petitions:

Read the Initiative Ordinance Petition Guidelines for more details.

Referendum Petitions

Read the Referendum Petition Guidelines for more details.

Questions? Contact:

Office of the City Clerk
(510) 583-4400 or Email →