2020 Election

In November of 2020, East Bay residents will vote on a number of important ballot measures and candidates that will impact the opportunities for expanding affordable housing, racial, and economic equity for decades to come. This page provides information on how state and local ballot initiatives and candidates will impact affordable housing opportunities for low-income residents in the East Bay.

Quick Links:

General Voting Information | Statewide Ballot Measures | Alameda County | Contra Costa County

Oakland | Berkeley | City of Alameda | Concord | Hayward

In addition to sharing our endorsements on statewide ballot initiatives, we share information by county and city about local ballot measures we endorse and link to local candidate responses to our Housing Justice Candidate Questionnaire. What would you like to ask your elected officials? Submit your suggested question here, and we may include it in our candidate questionnaire.

A list of priority ballot endorsements
View a recording of our Ballot Education event that we hosted on September 9th, 2020.

Statewide Ballot Measures

Yes on Prop 15:

Schools & Communities 1st

  • 1978: Prop 13 limited property tax assessments
  • Created budget shortfalls for schools and local governments
  • Prop 15 reinstates regular reassessment of commercial property
  • Increases revenue for schools, county, cities, and districts:
  • $650 million in Alameda County
  • $385 million in Contra Costa County
  • Doesn’t impact residential property
  • Includes protections for small businesses

Yes on 15: Schools & Communities First – https://www.yes15.org/

Join us to phone bank in support of Prop 15!

Yes on Prop 16 logo

Yes on Prop 16:

Restoring Affirmative Action

  • 1996: Prop 209 banned Affirmative Action
  • Prop 16 repeals Prop 209
  • Restores ability of public entities to consider race and gender in decisions about public education, employment, and contracting
  • Yes vote = vote for racial and economic justice

Yes on Prop 21: Rental Affordability Act

  • 1995: Costa-Hawkins Act put limits on local rent-control laws
  • Prop 21 amends Costa-Hawkins to:
    • Allow rent control on buildings after 15 years of occupancy
    • Allow rent control on single-family rentals, unless landlord only owns 1-2 units
    • Cap rent increases on vacated units at 15% over 3 years (plus allowable rent increases)
  • It doesn’t create new rent control laws; it expands the ability of cities to adopt laws to keep rents affordable. Currently, city officials are limited by Costa Hawkins when creating rental affordability laws for their cities.

Alameda County

Yes on Measure W:

Home Together

  • Provides funding to protect and house our most vulnerable neighbors
  • Includes housing assistance, mental health resources, job training, and other services and supports
  • Raises an estimated $150 million/year through ½ cent increase in sales tax
  • Revenue goes to General Fund; guided by Home Together plan adopted by Board of Supervisors

How you can Support Home Together:

  • Tell everyone you know to “vote down your whole ballot”
  • Visit www.hometogether2020.org to join the email list, endorse or donate
  • Help get endorsements from community and elected leaders
  • Contact gloria@ebho.org to get connected with the campaign

Yes on W Campaign Website: www.hometogether2020.org

Contra Costa County

Yes on Measure X: Healthy & Safe Contra Costa

  • Provides funding to address unmet needs, including public health and social services
  • Housing and homelessness identified as high priority in needs assessment and polling
  • Raises an estimated $81 million/year through ½ cent increase in sales tax
  • Revenue goes to General Fund, rather than dedicated uses
  • Oversight Committee will conduct annual needs assessment and recommend priorities



City of Oakland

EBHO is a 501(c)3 organization and does not endorse candidates for elected office, but we are glad to offer these educational event to our members.

Join us for our Oakland City Council District 5, 7, & at large Candidate Forum.

Candidate Forum #1: Districts 1 & 3 Candidates. View Now!

This event was co-hosted with St. Mary’s Center and Black Cultural Zone. EBHO is a 501c3 organization and does not endorse candidates. We offer this video as an educational resource to Oakland voters.

Candidate Questionnaires coming soon.

City of Berkeley

Yes on Measure MM:

  • Measure MM amends rent control and tenant protection laws to:
  • Allow City to prohibit evictions for non-payment of rent during future emergencies (like COVID-19)
  • Collect data on units now partially exempt from rent control: single-family rentals, condos, and new construction
  • Limit rent-control exemption for ADUs to 1 ADU per owner-occupied single-family property

Read the Berkeley City Attorney’s Analysis of the Measure.

Candidate Questionaires coming soon.

City of Alameda

Yes on Measure Z

  • Since 1973: laws banned development of multifamily and affordable housing, making housing unaffordable for many
  • Measure Z repeals these laws (“Article 26” or “Measure A”)
  • Allows city to zone for multifamily housing, including affordable rental housing
  • Will help prevent displacement and repair history of racial exclusion

Yes on Z Campaign Website: https://www.yesonmeasurez.com/

Read Up on the Historical Context of Racism & displacement. They inform the context of Measure Z.

Preview of the document, text with image of protesters in 1964.
Click to read the full document.

View a recording of our Action Friday Event: Housing Justice in Alameda & Measure Z. We review the history of economic and racial inequity through the housing system in Alameda with guests Rasheed Shabazz, historian and activist, and Laura Thomas, President of Renewed Hope Housing Advocates.

Candidate Questionnaires Coming Soon

City of Hayward

Candidate Questionnaires Coming Soon

City of Concord

Candidate Questionnaires coming soon

Voter Registration & Submitting your Ballot

Check Your Registration:

  • registertovote.ca.gov or by calling 800-345-VOTE (8683) to get a paper registration form
  • You can still register up until Election Day but you will not receive a Mail-in Ballot. 
  • If you will register after Oct 19th, contact your County Registrar:
  • Contra Costa County ROV:

Mail In Voting:

  • All registered voters will get a ballot in the mail.
  • Ballots will begin to be mailed out on October 5th
  • Your “I Voted” Sticker will be included in the mailing
  • Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day and received by your County Registrar by November 6th.

Ballot Drop Box is the most secure way to return your mail-in ballot

Returning Your Ballot:

A ballot drop box in California looks like this.
  • Return your ballot to a Ballot Drop Box (image above)
  • Ballots returned to the drop box must be signed and returned by Election Day
  • Alameda County: 66 drop boxes, open 24 hrs a day
  • CoCo County: 35 drop boxes, open 24 hrs a day
  • Ballot Drop Box is the most secure way to return your mail-in ballot

Voting in Person:

Alameda County:

  • There will be no regular polling places in Alameda County. Instead,100 “voting centers” 
  • Voting Centers are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. 
  • Early voting: 9 am- 5 pm October 31st until Election Day.
  • This option should be used as a last resort since there are so few.

Contra Costa County:

  • Still will have address-based polling places.
  • www.cocovote.us/ to find your polling location.

Track Your Ballot:

Election Deadlines

September 24, 2020: The Registrar of Voters begins mailing County Voter Guides to each voter and the Secretary of State begins mailing the State Voter Guide to each household of voters registered as of September 4.

Monday October 5, 2020: Ballots received by the post office to be mailed out to registered voters. voters. The post office has until October 27th to mail about all ballots. 

Monday October 19, 2020: Deadline to register online or postmarked by if you are registering via mail. 

October 31, 2020 to November 2, 2020: Early in-person voting, Vote Centers open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Tuesday November 3, 2020; 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m: Election Day

November 3, 2020: Personally delivered ballots must be delivered by close of polls on Election Day. 

Mailed ballots: Must be postmarked on or before November 3, 2020, and received by your county elections office no later than November 6, 2020.

Questions about voting? Email our Campaign Organizer, Damion Scott, damion@ebho.org.