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Santa Cruz County Clerk/Elections Department
November 6, 2018 Election Facts

As of November 2, 2018


Number of registered voters:     


Number of permanent vote-by-mail voters:


Number of voters assigned to mail ballot precinct:

2,985 (excludes permanent VBM voters)

Number of military and overseas voters:


Total number of vote-by-mail ballots issued:


Total number of vote-by-mail ballots returned:


Number of voting precincts with polling places:


Number of mail ballot precincts:


Total precincts reporting Election Night:


Number of poll workers/election workers needed:


Number of different ballot styles:


Number of local measures on the ballot:              

13 local measures:

A. Scotts Valley Unified School District parcel tax
B. Soquel Union Elementary School District parcel tax
G. County sales tax
H. County housing bond
I. City of Capitola Cannabis business tax
J. City of Capitola transient occupancy tax
K. City of Capitola treasurer elected to appointed
L. City of Capitola Greenway initiative
M. City of Santa Cruz rent control initiative
N. City of Scotts Valley transient occupancy tax
O. City of Watsonville transient occupancy tax
P. La Selva Recreation District parcel tax
W. West Valley-Mission Community College Dist. bond

Number of State Propositions:

11 State Propositions:

  1. Veterans and affordable housing bond
  2. Housing funds for persons with mental illness
  3. Water supply and quality bond
  4. Children’s hospital bond
  5. Property tax transfer replacement property
  6. Eliminates road repair/transportation funding
  7. Permanent daylight savings
  8. Regulates kidney dialysis clinics
  9. Removed by court (Divides CA into 3 states)
  10. Local government ability to enact rent control
  11. On-call ambulance employees
  12. Standards for farm animal confinement

Number of candidate contests on the ballot:       


Number of candidates:


County Voter Information Guide Mailing to Begin:

October 1

State Voter Information Guide Mailing to Begin:

October 3-9

First day ballots mailed to military/overseas voters:

September 7

First day to mail vote-by-mail ballots:

October 8

Postage for returning vote-by-mail ballot:

Postage is paid – no stamp necessary

Voting in person in Santa Cruz or Watsonville:

October 8 to November 6

Logic and Accuracy Testing Begins:

Week of October 1

Last Day to Register to Vote:

Monday, October 22

Same Day voter registration available - If you missed the deadline to register to vote, you can still register and vote on the same day at these locations on the dates provided:

Tuesday, October 23 - Tuesday, November 6 at:

  • County Elections – 701 Ocean St., Room 310
  • Watsonville City Clerk – 275 Main St., 4th Floor

Saturday, November 3 - Tuesday, November 6 at:

  • UCSC Bay Tree Conference Center

Begin processing returned vote-by-mail ballots: 

Tuesday, October 23

Last Day to request a ballot to be mailed to you:

Tuesday, October 30

Weekend Voting in Santa Cruz and Watsonville:

November 3 & 4, 9am to 5pm

Election Day - Polls and Elections Office open

7am to 8pm Tues, November 6

Reporting Election Night Results

Results of vote-by-mail ballots returned and processed before November 6 will be available by 8:30pm on Election Night. First report from precincts is expected at approximately 11pm Election Night. Next report will be released after midnight. Final report for the night with semi-official results will be posted once ballot counting is done after midnight. Results will be posted online at

Canvass/audit of election begins:                            

Wednesday, November 7, 8am

Random drawing of precincts for 1% manual tally:

Thursday, November 8, 10am

Deadline to certify election:

Thursday, December 6, 5pm