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A map of Oakland's electoral districts

Mapping Oakland’s election

on November 1, 2010

With the new ranked choice ballot system and an unprecedented ten candidates running for mayor, Oakland voters will have plenty to think about on Election Day this year. But not all Oaklanders will be looking at the same ballot: while every resident is eligible to vote for citywide offices like the mayoralty, the winner of several local offices–including those on the City Council and the School Board–will be determined by voters in specific districts within the city.

To help voters see which offices they’ll be voting on, Oakland North has mapped the boundaries of the city’s various political districts onto four Google maps. Orange regions represent districts holding elections this year; purple regions represent districts that are not.

Click the links below to go to maps showing the city’s different districts. For district names and lists of candidates, click anywhere inside a district on the maps.

Mayor of Oakland
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All Oakland voters are eligible to vote for the city’s mayor–with a field of ten candidates, there is no shortage of choices. The white space in the middle of Oakland is Piedmont, which holds its own, separate municipal elections.

Oakland City Council
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The eight members of the Oakland City Council represent seven separate districts, with the eighth member representing the city at large. This fall, only three districts are holding elections: Districts 2, 4, and 6. The most hotly contested of these is District 4, currently represented by Jean Quan, who has chosen to invest her energies in a bid for mayor rather than for reelection to the council.

Oakland Unified School District Board
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The electoral districts of the Oakland Unified School District correspond to the boundaries of the City Council’s districts, and they follow the same election schedule–so the School Board’s elections this fall are also in Districts 2, 4, and 6. In Districts 2 and 6, the incumbents are running unopposed. In District 4, incumbent Gary Yee has just one challenger.

Oakland City Auditor
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The City Auditor is chosen by a citywide election. Incumbent Courtney Ruby faces one challenger.

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  1. len raphael on November 1, 2010 at 9:05 am

    Non-partisan voting info:

    Monday is too late to mail in your ballot.

    but you can go your polling station tomorrow and drop off your mail in ballot.

    if you voted by mail and want to make sure your ballot was received:

    more info from with links to IRV videos, details on how to non absentee vote today at the Courthouse etc.

  2. Melin on November 1, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Thanks for this very helpful article and maps. This is my first election in Oakland, and this makes things much clearer.

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