Kate Harrison has won the Berkeley District 4 seat with 62% of the vote (1607) against Ben Gould, who won 38% of the vote (992). She was sworn in on Wed, March 15.

For Ranked-Chioce Voting tabulations, go to this link.

This was a special District 4 election for the Berkeley City Council for the position vacated by Jesse Arreguin who was elected Mayor November 2016. It was a vote by mail election with a March 7th deadline.

LWVBAE Forum for District 4January 19, 2017
Candidates – Kate Harrison, Ben Gould

During the forum, voters in District 4 had a chance to question the candidates in plenty of time to decide before their write-in ballots arrived starting on February 6, 2017. Completed ballots were mailed or delivered to the Alameda County Registrar of Voters, or dropped off at the 24-hour Official Ballot Drop Box, 2180 Milvia St. District 4 below.

map of Berkeley district 4


The November 2016 Election results can be found  in the Election Archive.



You must register to vote in elections.  Registering to Vote takes a few minutes to do.  You may register to vote online at the California Secretary of State website.  The traditional paper Voter Registration form is available at all city clerks offices, public libraries and post offices. The LWVBAE maintains Voter Registration form boxes at these sites.  You may also call the Alameda County Registrar of Voters at (510) 267-8683 or (510) 272-6933 or the Secretary of State at 1-800-345-VOTE to request a registration form; or request or download a form from the Secretary of State’s web site.

Voter Registration Deadlines:
Your registration form must be IN the office of your County Registrar of Voters by 15 days before the Election.




LWVBAE is devoted to educating voters.  Here are some resources:
  • California Voter Bill of Rights
  • Smart Voter covers local, state and national elections for California –a LWVCEF project
  • LWVBAE Pros and Cons on Local Ballot Measures. (will be updated close to an election)
  • LWVBAE Election Media (produced in cooperation with the Berkeley Community Media):  LWVBAE will provide local candidates the opportunity to record a video candidate  statement  before an election.
  • LWBAE YouTube Channel or on the League of Women Voters Smart Voter website.
My Voter Profile

Alameda County has developed an online “My Voter Profile” for each voter to look up their polling place, preferred language, sample ballot, ballot status and elect officials.
Smart Voter.org shows you your ballot and provides extensive info about ballot measures and candidates–when you type in your address.

Election Education

Voting in Alameda County.  The Alameda County Registrar of Voters provides detailed information on Rank Choice Voting, Voting by Mail, Voting System, Polling Place, Sample Ballot, Language Assistance, etc.



Look up recent and past election results at the California Secretary of State’s website.

Smart Voter’s Frequently Asked Questions for Voters