2020 Ballot Measures

At the July 14, 2020 City Council Meeting, Resolutions were adopted placing Ballot Measures to Increase the City's Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) and Amend the City Charter.

July 14, 2020 | Council approves resolution requesting the County Board of Supervisors consolidation of a municipal election with other local elections to be held on the same date. Resolution includes calling of the election, ballot measure question, and ballot measure full text.

 

August 11, 2020 |Deadline for submission of Direct Arguments for/against proposed ballot measure. (12 noon)

 

August 11 - August 21, 2020 | Ten-day public review of City Attorney Impartial Analysis

 

August 21, 2020 | Close of Public Examination Period for Primary Arguments. Deadline for submission of Rebuttal Arguments for/against proposed ballot measure. (12 noon)

 

EC §9282 (b) The City Council, or any member or members of the Council so authorized, or an individual voter who is eligible to vote on the measure, or any bona fide association of citizens, or a combination of voters and associations, may file a written argument for or against any City measure.

 

EC §9282 Primary arguments shall be titled either “Argument in Favor of Measure _ “or “Argument Against Measure _”

 

EC §9282 (c) Primary arguments for or against a ballot measure cannot exceed 300 words in length.  Arguments must be typed or printed.  No handwritten arguments will be accepted.  Use the Word Count Standards as stated in Section 9 of the Elections Code.

 

EC §9283 A ballot argument will not be accepted without the printed name and signature or printed names and signatures of the author or authors.  An argument may have up to five (5) signatures.  If there are more than five signatures, only the signatures of the first five will be printed.  Each argument signer must also complete a Signature Statement.

 

EC §9286 Deadlines for submitting arguments and rebuttals are listed in the Notice of Election.

 

EC §9286 Primary and rebuttal arguments may be changed or withdrawn by their proponents until the filing deadline.  Arguments received prior to the deadline will be kept confidential until the filing deadline.

 

EC §9287 If more than one argument for, or more than one argument against, any City measure is filed before the deadline, the City Clerk will select one of the arguments using the criteria in Elections Code §9287.

 

EC §9285(a)(1) The City Clerk will send a copy of the argument in favor of the measure to the authors of the argument against the measure, and a copy of the argument against the measure to the authors of the argument in favor of the measure, immediately after the filing deadline.  

 

EC §9285 (a)(3) Rebuttal arguments cannot exceed 250 words in length.  No handwritten arguments will be accepted.  Use the Word Count Standards.

 

EC §9285 (a)(2) Signers of rebuttal arguments need not be the same as those on the primary arguments for or against a measure.  However, if signers of the rebuttal arguments are different from those of the primary argument, the “Release for Rebuttal Argument” form must be competed and filed, indicating the name of the person signing the primary argument, and the name of the person signing the rebuttal argument in their place.  

 

EC §9295 There is a ten-calendar day public examination period for the impartial analysis and primary and rebuttal arguments, immediately following the deadline for their submissions.

 

Deadline for Filing Primary Arguments:  August 11, 2020 by 12:00 PM

 

Deadline for Filing Rebuttal Arguments:  August 21, 2020 by 12:00 PM

 

Due to ongoing COVID-19 conditions, please send an email to Miriam.lens@hayward-ca.gov or call (510) 583-4400 to schedule an appointment to file primary and/or rebuttal arguments.