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November 7, 2017 Election Calendar

All code sections are the Elections Code, unless otherwise noted. 

Following the filing period dates, the number of days prior to or after the election is provided
(E = Election day, followed by the number of days prior to (-) or after (+) election day.)

If there is an asterisk by the date, the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday and, in most cases, has been moved to the next business day.

The materials contained in this calendar represent the research and opinions of the staff at the Santa Cruz County Elections Department.  The contents of this calendar and any legal interpretations contained herein are not to be relied upon as being correct either factually or as legal opinion.  Reliance on the content without prior submission to and approval of your appropriate public counsel is at the reader’s risk. 

Please call 831-454-2060 if you have any questions or comments or visit our website at www.votescount.com.  Thank you.

June 30

(E-130)

Boundary Changes

Last day for districts holding their elections in November to make boundary changes to be filed with the County Clerk by June 30.

§12262

July 4

County Holiday

Office Closed

July 5

(E-125)

Special Districts Deliver Notice of Election to County Clerk

Last day for district secretaries to deliver a Notice of Election to the Elections Department listing the elective offices to be filled, who will pay for any candidate's statement of qualifications, and any measure to be voted on in November.  A map of the district must accompany the Notice. Special districts should include in the notice how a tie vote will be resolved.

§10509, 10522, 10524, 10551, 15651

July 10 to Aug. 9

(E-120 to E-90)

Notice of Election

Between these dates the County Clerk will publish a Notice of Election containing the date of the election, the offices to be filled, qualifications for candidacy required by the principal act, where nomination papers are available, deadline for filing Declarations of Candidacy, and a notice that appointment will be made in lieu of election in accordance with state law.

§12112, 10515; Ed. Code §5324, 5325

Notice of central counting place may be combined with this notice.

§12109

The county elections official will forward copies of all published notices to each special district.                                                                                    §12113

 

July 17 – Aug. 11

(E-113 to E-88)

 

Candidate Nomination Period

Candidates for special district boards obtain and file their Declarations of Candidacy along with their Candidate’s Statement of Qualifications if they choose to submit one.  Statements shall remain confidential until the expiration of the filing deadline. Forms are obtained from and filed with the county Elections Department. 

§10510, 13307, 13311

July 31

(E-99)

Semiannual Campaign Statement

Last day to file semiannual campaign statements, if required, by all candidates and committees for period ending 6/30/2017. 

Govt. Code §84200; 84128

 

Aug. 9 – Nov. 7

(E-90 to E)

 

24-hour Contribution Reports

During the 90 days immediately preceding an election and including Election Day, the following contributions that total in the aggregate of $1,000 or more must be reported within 24 hours to the county elections official.

File by personal delivery, e-mail, guaranteed overnight service, fax or online, if available.

Gov. Code §84203, 84220, 85204

 

Aug. 11

(E-88)

Last Day to Submit Resolutions of Consolidation

Final deadline for the governing body of a district, city, school or other political subdivision which requests consolidation of a local election for candidates and/or measures to file the request with the county Elections Department. Earlier filing dates are encouraged in order to meet printing schedules.

§10401, 10402

 

Aug. 11

(E-88)

Notification of Mail Ballot Precinct

Last day for the county elections official to determine that there are 250 or fewer persons registered to vote in any precinct. The county elections official may then mail to each voter a vote-by-mail ballot along with a statement that there will be no polling place for the general election.  

§3005

Aug. 12 – Aug. 16

(E-87 to E-83)

Candidate filing extension

If the incumbent does not file by 5 p.m. on August 11, there is a 5-day filing extension for anyone other than the incumbent to file for office. The extension does not apply when there is no incumbent to be elected. This occurs when there is a vacant seat or a termed out incumbent.

§10516

 

 

 

Aug. 16

(E-83)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Insufficient Number of Nominees

Special Districts: If by 5 p.m. on this day, no one has filed candidacy papers or an insufficient number of persons has filed candidacy papers to fill an office or offices, and a petition signed by 10% or 50 voters (whichever is the smaller number) has not been submitted, the elections official shall certify this fact to the Board of Supervisors.  A person who has filed a Declaration of Candidacy shall be appointed by the Board of Supervisors at a regular or special meeting held prior to the Monday before the first Friday in December.  If no one filed, another qualified person shall be appointed by the Board of Supervisors on or before November 7, 2017 and shall take office and serve as if elected. 

§10515

Aug. 17, 11 a.m.

(E-82)

Randomized Alphabet Drawing

Secretary of State shall conduct the randomized alphabet drawing to determine the order in which the candidates will appear on the general election ballot. 

§13112

Sept. 4

(E-64)

County Holiday – Office Closed

Sept. 8

(E-60)

Military or Overseas Vote-by-Mail Ballot Applications

First day the county elections official may process applications for military or overseas voter ballots. Any applications received by the county elections official prior to this day shall be kept and processed on or after this date. If the applicant is not a resident of the county to which he or she has applied, the elections official receiving the application shall forward it immediately to the proper county.

A request for a vote-by-mail ballot from a military or overseas voter will be deemed an affidavit of registration and an application for permanent vote-by-mail status.

§300(b), 321, 3102, 3105

Sept. 11 – Oct. 24

(E-57 to E-14)

Statement of Write‑in Candidacy and Nomination Papers – Nonpartisan Offices

During this period write‑in candidates must file their Statement of Write‑in Candidacy and Nomination Papers with the county elections official for nonpartisan offices.

§8600

Sept. 14

(E-54)

54-Day Walking Lists Prepared

The County Elections Official will prepare the 54-day voter index that is available for purchase upon written application at a cost of 50 cents per 1,000 names.

§2184

 

Sept. 29 – Oct. 18

(E-40 to E-21)

Voter Information Guide Mailing

Between these dates the county elections official shall mail a Voter Information Guide and Sample Ballot with a polling place notice to each registered voter. 

§9094, 13303, 13304

Sept. 28

Date fixed by law

First Pre‑Election Statement

Last day to file campaign statements for candidates and committees covering the period ending Sept. 23, 2017 (E‑45). 

Gov. Code §84200.5, 84200.7b

Oct. 9

(E-29)

County Holiday – Office Closed

 

Oct. 9*

(E-29)

Establish Precinct Boards and Polling Places

Last day for the county Elections Department to appoint board members and polling places and provide a copy to each county central committee and make a copy available to the public. 

§12286, 12318

Oct. 9*

(E-29)

Last Day to Register to Vote to Ensure Receipt of Sample Ballot

Voter registration cards received by this date (postmark NOT ACCEPTABLE) will be added to the rolls and the voters will receive a Sample Ballot booklet prepared by the county elections official. The voters who submit cards after this date will NOT receive a County Voter Information Guide and Sample Ballot, only a notice verifying their registration and advising them of their polling place.

§9094, 13303

Oct. 9* - Oct. 31

(E-29 to E-7)

 

Vote-by-Mail Ballot Application Period

Between these dates, voters may apply for a vote-by-mail ballot from the Elections Department. Under certain conditions voters may obtain a vote-by-mail ballot after October 31. 

§3001, 3003

 

Oct. 9* – Nov. 7

(E-29 to E)

Early Voting at Elections Department

Beginning 29 days before the election, the Santa Cruz County Elections Department will operate as a polling place providing voters with ballots, assisting voters, and serving as a ballot drop location. Office will be open during regular business hours and on Election Day from 7am to 8pm.

 

Oct. 9*

(E-29)

29-Day Walking Lists Prepared

The County Elections Official will prepare the 29-day voter index available for purchase within a week after this date upon written application at a cost of 50 cents per 1,000 names.

§2184

 

 

Oct. 23

(E-15)

15-day Voter Registration

Last day to register to vote in the general election. The Voter Registration Form shall be mailed (postmarked by this date), received online by midnight, or delivered to the county elections official by this date and is effective upon receipt. The Voter Registration Form may also be submitted by this date to the Secretary of State, Department of Motor Vehicles, or any National Voter Registration Act designated agency.

52 U.S.C. § 20301; §300(b), 321, 2102, 2107, 3102

Last day for military or overseas voters to register to vote.

A request for a vote-by-mail ballot from a military or overseas voter, if postmarked on or before this date, will be deemed an affidavit of registration and an application for permanent vote-by-mail status. When a county elections official receives and approves a registration application from a military or overseas voter, the official must provide that voter with a vote-by-mail ballot for each subsequent election for federal office in the state unless the voter fails to vote in four consecutive statewide general elections.                                                                                                      §2107

 

Oct. 26

(E-12)

Second Pre‑Election Statement

The last day to file campaign statements for candidates and committees for the period ending October 21.

Gov. Code §84200.5, 84200.7

Oct. 28*

(E-10)

Notice of Central Counting Place

Last day for county elections official to publish the notice that the general election ballots will be counted at a specified public place. The notice shall be published one time in a newspaper of general circulation in the county and may have already been published with the Notice of Election.

§12109

No later than

Oct. 31

(E-7)

Publish Polling Places and Precinct Board Members

Not less than one week before the election, the elections official shall publish the list of polling places and precinct board members.

  §12105‑12108, Gov. Code §6061

Nov. 1 – Nov. 7

(E-6 to E)

 

Vote-by-Mail Ballots – Late Conditions

Voters unable to go to the polls because of illness or disability or because they will be absent from their precinct on Election Day, may come to the Elections Department and receive a vote-by-mail ballot over the counter. Voters may designate in writing a representative to bring the vote-by-mail ballot to them.  The voter may return the ballot to the Elections Department or polling place in the county either personally or through the authorized representative. 

§3021

Nov. 7

(E)

Election Day

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. 

§1000, 14212

 

Nov. 9 – Nov. 27

(E+2 to E+20)

Official Canvass

The official canvass of precinct returns is to be completed during this time.

§15372

Nov. 10

(E+3)

Vote-by-Mail Ballots Returned Via Post Office - Deadline

Vote-by-mail ballots that are postmarked on or before Election Day or is time stamped or date stamped by a bona fide private mail delivery company on or before Election Day, and received by the county elections official shall be considered received on time.

If the ballot has no postmark, a postmark with no date, or an illegible postmark, the vote by mail ballot identification envelope must be signed and dated by the voter pursuant to Section 3011 on or before Election Day in order to be considered received on time.

§3017, 3020

Nov. 14

(E+7)

Board of Supervisors to Appoint Candidates In-Lieu of Election

Candidates who filed a Declaration of Candidacy shall be appointed by the Board of Supervisors at a regular or special meeting held prior to the first Monday before the first Friday in December.  This is the last regularly scheduled board meeting before this statutory deadline.

§10515

Nov. 23 – Nov. 24

(E+16 to E+17)

County Holiday – Office Closed

 

Dec. 1

(E+24)

Assuming Office

Special Districts: Candidates declared elected or appointed (i.e. as provided in §10515) take office this date at noon after having taken the oath or posted any bond required by the principal act.

§10554

 

Nov. 27

(E+27)

Statement of Vote to Board of Supervisors – Certificates of Election Prepared

The elections official shall prepare a certified statement of the results of the election and submit it to the Board of Supervisors. 

The Board of Supervisors shall declare the nominees or winners for each office and the results of each measure under its jurisdiction. The county elections official shall make and deliver to each person elected a certificate of election.

§10551

 

 

 

5 days after canvass

Recount May Be Requested

Within five (5) days after the completion of the official canvass, any voter may request a recount by filing a written request with the Elections official and specifying that candidates and/or measures are to be recounted.

The request may specify the order of the precincts for the recount, and the petitioning voter shall, before commencement of each day’s recount, deposit such sum as the official requires to cover costs (approximately $1800 per day).

“Completion of the canvass” shall be presumed to be the time when the elections official signs the certified Statement of Vote.

§15620 – 15634

 

Varies between

10 days to

6 months following the certification of the vote

Contesting Election

Any elector of a county, city, or of any political subdivision of either may contest any election held therein for any of the following grounds:

  • That the precinct board or any member thereof was guilty of malconduct.
  • That the person who has been declared elected to an office was not, at the time of the election, eligible to that office.
  • That the defendant has given to any elector or member of a precinct board any bribe or reward, or has offered any bribe or reward for the purpose of procuring his election, or has committed any other offense against the elective franchise defined in Division18 (commencing with Section 18000).
  • That illegal votes were cast.
  • That eligible voters who attempted to vote in accordance with the laws of the state were denied their right to vote.
  • That the precinct board in conducting the election or in canvassing the returns, made errors sufficient to change the result of the election as to any person who has been declared elected.
  • That there was an error in the vote-counting programs or summation of ballot counts.§16100

The contestant shall verify the statement of contest, as provided by Section 446 of the Code of Civil Procedure, and shall file it within the following times after the declaration of the result of the election by the body canvassing the returns thereof:

  • In cases other than cases of a tie, where the contest is brought on any of the grounds mentioned in subdivision (c) of Section 16100, six months.
  • In all cases of tie, 20 days.
  • In cases involving presidential electors, 10 days.
  • In all other cases, 30 days.

§16401

 

Period Following Election

Document Retention

Nomination documents and signatures in‑lieu of filing fee petitions (if applicable) shall be held during the term of office for which they were filed and for four years after the expiration of the term.  They may be destroyed as soon as practicable thereafter provided no legal action or proceeding is pending.

Since the November 2017 election is conducted under the Uniform District Election Law, precinct supplies and voted ballots must be preserved for 6 months following the election.  If no legal action is pending at the time, the documents may be destroyed or recycled.  Unused ballots may be destroyed or recycled after the November 2017 election.

Initiative, referendum and recall petitions must be preserved for eight months following certification of the election for which the petition qualified or eight months after final examination of the petition by the clerk.  If no legal action or proceeding is then pending, the petitions may be destroyed as soon as practicable.

Elections Code Division 17, commencing with §17000

Jan. 31, 2018

Semiannual Campaign Statement

Last day to file semiannual campaign statements, if required, by all candidates and committees. 

Gov. Code §84200, 84218