Questions about the Election Office

About Us
Is there a mission or vision statement for the Elections Division?
Yes, there is a vision statement for our division. It reads: “Voting Invest Strength in Our Nation. We enrich our lives through Precision with Virtue and Pride. We are the Silent Support of this System.”

Who is the County Clerk who is in charge of elections?
The County Clerk-Recorder-Registrar is Mr. Joe Canciamilla.

Contact Information
Where is the Elections Office located?
It is about a block away from the train station in Martinez, CA. The address is:
Elections Division
555 Escobar Street
Martinez, CA
See map

What are the hours for the Elections Office?
The office hours are:

Monday to Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On Election Day
7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

(Closed on holidays)

I have a question about elections, how can I contact someone?
We provide you with a list of telephone numbers and email addresses of our offices on our Contact Information page.

Election Overview
How often are elections held?
California Elections Code sets the statewide elections as follow:

Month Description
March First Tuesday after first Monday of each odd-numbered year
April Second Tuesday of each even-numbered year
June First Tuesday after first Monday of each year
November First Tuesday after first Monday of each year

County, municipal, or district elections can occur on these established dates or they can call for a special election with some date restrictions.

View a list of upcoming elections

What are the kinds of elections?
There are three kinds. In the Primary Elections you get to vote for proposition, measures, and candidates to narrow down the selection of partisan, voter nominated and non partisan candidates for the General Election. In the General Election in November, you vote for any candidate, proposition, or measure on your ballot. Local governments and districts can fund a Special Election for their offices or measures during the year when they do not conflict with the statewide elections.

What kind of equipment is used for the elections?
As a voter, you will use the M-100 Precinct Scanner which electronically reads and counts your votes. The AutoMark is an assistive device to help you read and mark your ballot. The Elections Office uses the high speed M650 Central Count Scanner which is used to count Vote by Mail ballots.

Voters with Special Needs
Are there any provisions made for persons with disabilities?
Modifications are made with signs, ramps, and wide entrances to accommodate voters with disabilities. The AutoMark is an assistive device to help you read and mark your ballot. Curbside voting is available upon request. If you have questions or need assistance, send us an email to eo.recruitment@vote.cccounty.us or call us at (925) 335-7873

I feel more comfortable using another language, is there assistance?
The election materials, such as ballots, instructions, and pamphlets are written in English and Spanish. The AutoMark will translate the ballot in Spanish in written form and through audio translation. Chinese and Tagalog versions of materials may be available at some precincts. You are welcome to bring your own translator to assist you. If you have questions or need assistance, send us an email to eo.recruitment@vote.cccounty.us or call us at (925) 335-7873