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November 6, 2018 Statewide General Election
Important dates for jurisdictions calling elections

May/June 2018

Suggested time for jurisdictions holding elections in November to pass a resolution that 1) orders the election; 2) requests the Santa Cruz County Elections Department to conduct the election, and 3) consolidates it with any other jurisdiction holding an election on that same day.

The following documents can be found on our website at

  • Sample Resolution for School Districts
  • Sample Resolution for Cities/Special District

August 10, 2018

Last day to call an election or file for office. If the incumbent does not file, filing is extended for 5 calendar days for anyone other than the incumbent.

August 10, 2018

Deadline for filing tax rate statement for bond measures. Last day to file Tax Rate Statement for any bond measure appearing on the November ballot.           

August 17, 2018

Deadline for filing arguments for or against local ballot measures.

Deadline for filing analyses of local ballot measures.

August 24, 2018

Deadline for filing rebuttals.

September 7, 2018

First day to mail ballots to military and overseas voters

October 8*, 2018

First day to mail ballots to vote-by-mail voters.

October 22, 2018

Last day to register to vote in November 2018 election.

November 3 & 4, 2018

Weekend voting – open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Santa Cruz County Elections and Watsonville City Hall.

November 6, 2018

Election Day – polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

*date falls on a holiday, so activity is moved to the next business day. 

For more information, please contact: