FAIL SAFE VOTING

For voters who moved within Santa Cruz County and did not re-register to vote.

HISTORY: A process for voting provisionally was added to the California Elections Code by Chapter 629 in 1983. (Elections Code Section 14310). The process provided that any voter claiming to be properly registered was entitled to vote even though the voter's qualification or entitlement to vote could not be immediately established.

An additional code section (Elections Code 14311) was added by Chapter 919 in 1995 in response to provisions of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA/"Motor Voter") Section 8 (e)(2)(A)(ii)(II) known as "Fail Safe."

 

Provisional ballots are not counted unless:

  1. The Elections Officials establish from the records in their office the voter's right to vote prior to the completion of the official canvass; or
  2. By order of the Superior Court in the county of the voter's residence.

PROOF OF RESIDENCE REQUIRED:

Voters who moved within Santa Cruz County and did not re-register to vote, will be required to show proof of residence. Documents that can be used as proof of residence include either:

1. Driver's license or State Identification card with the voter's name and NEW residence address printed on it;

OR

2. TWO of the following documents. Both must contain the voter's name and the current address where the voter lives (Section 20107 of the California Code of Regulations).
  1. Military identification
  2. College or university fee card or student identification
  3. Lease agreement
  4. Mortgage statement
  5. Property tax statement
  6. Income tax return
  7. Utility bill
  8. Credit card bill
  9. Bank statement
  10. Preprinted check or bank deposit slip
  11. Mail addressed to the voter at his or her current residence address
  12. Sworn statement given in the presence of a poll worker at the polling place from a voter in the precinct stating he or she knows and can identify the person who is attempting to vote, and attesting to the name and residence address of the person attempting to vote.

If the current residence of the voter does not have a street address or the voter is unable to receive mail at his or her street address and the voter is unable to provide a Driver's License or identification listed in A-L above, then proof of current residence shall consist of two documents from the categories listed below both of which shall contain the name of the voter and description of the property at which the current residence of the voter is located:

  1. Deed or lease containing the legal description of the current residence address
  2. Property tax statement containing the assessor's parcel number, or
  3. Sworn statement given in the presence of a poll worker at the polling place from a voter in the precinct stating he or she knows and can identify the person who is attempting to vote, and attesting to the name and residence address of the person attempting to vote.

Authority cited: Section 12172.5, Government Code; and Section 14311, Elections Code. Reference: Section 14311, Elections Code.

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PROCEDURES

IF YOU MOVED WITHIN SANTA CRUZ COUNTY ON OR BEFORE FEBRUARY 20, 2002 and did not re-register, YOU HAVE THE FOLLOWING OPTIONS:

 

OPTION #1

TO VOTE ON ELECTION DAY MARCH 5, 2002, go to POLLING PLACE FOR NEW ADDRESS. (For location: call 454-2060 or see "Polling Place Lookup")

Bring either

1. Drivers License/State ID Card showing new address

OR

2. Two documents proving new residence address (See list above)

You will receive a provisional ballot.

OPTION #2 TO VOTE FEB. 20, 2002 THROUGH MAR. 5, 2002

Go to ELECTIONS OFFICE. You will be asked to complete a new voter registration form with your new address.

You will receive a provisional ballot.

 

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IF YOU MOVED WITHIN SANTA CRUZ COUNTY AFTER FEBRUARY 19, 2002, YOU HAVE THE FOLLOWING OPTIONS:

 

OPTION #1

TO VOTE ON ELECTION DAY MARCH 5, 2002

Go to POLLING PLACE FOR OLD ADDRESS. You will receive a regular ballot for this election only. Re-register at NEW address for future elections.

OR

Go to POLLING PLACE FOR NEW ADDRESS. (For location: call 454-2060 or see "Polling Place Lookup") You must bring either:

1. Drivers License/State ID Card showing new address

OR

2. Two documents proving new residence address (See list above)

You will receive a provisional ballot.

OPTION #2 TO VOTE FEB. 20, 2002 THROUGH MARCH 5, 2002

Go to ELECTIONS OFFICE. You may obtain a ballot for OLD address. You will receive a regular ballot for this election only. Re-register at NEW address for future elections.

OR

Go to ELECTIONS OFFICE. You may obtain a ballot for NEW address. Complete new voter registration card and receive a provisional ballot.

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