Emeryville -- The city wants to change the timing of its elections to coincide with the November 2014 general election. Currently the city of 10,214 residents holds elections in odd-numbered years. But if the Alameda County Board of Supervisors approves the change during the regular meeting on Tuesday, Emeryville voters will go to the polls on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November in even-numbered years. Newark voted for a similar move recently.
California election laws allow cities to consolidate general municipal elections with statewide general elections if the voting system of the county has the capacity to handle the additional contests. But county board of supervisors must approve the change and assess the financial impact of the change. The move is expected to save the city about $5 per voter because the cost of running an election is distributed across multiple cities, according to the Alameda County Registrar of Voters Director Tim Dupuis. Each registered voter cost $1.05 during the November 2012 general municipal election, according to Dupuis. The cost per voter in Emeryville's 2011 municipal general election was $6.02. The board of supervisors meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday on the fifth floor of the Alameda County Administration Building, 1221 Oak St.