County SealSanta Cruz County Election Department

May 7, 2013 Special School District Election

All-Mail Ballot 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.

Feb. 8


Last Day to Submit Resolution to County Clerk

Final deadline for the governing body of the Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High School district to file a resolution known as the "specifications of the election order" with the county Elections Department.

§ Ed. Code 5322; § 10002

Feb. 14


Deadline to File Arguments For or Against Measure

Arguments for or against the measure are due by 5 p.m. Arguments are public after the 5 p.m. deadline.

§9163, 9316

Feb. 19


Deadline for Filing Rebuttals and Analyses to Measure

On this date Rebuttal Arguments, if applicable, will be due by

5 p.m. § 9167, 9317

Rebuttal and analyses are public after the 5 p.m. deadline.

March 8


First Day for Special Vote-by-Mail Ballots

First day to process special vote-by-mail ballots for voters who are overseas or in the military.

§300(b), 3103

March 28


First Pre-Election Campaign Statement

Last day to file campaign statements for committees covering the period 1/1/2013 to 3/23/2013.

Gov. Code §84200.8

April 8


Mail Sample Ballots and Ballots to Voters

First day for county elections to mail ballots to registered voters in the school district.

§13303, 13304

April 22


Deadline to register to vote in the May 7 election.

Closing date for registration in this election.

§2102, 2107

April 25


Second pre-Election Campaign Statement

The last day to file campaign statements for committees covering the period from 3/24/2013 to 4/20/2013.

Gov. Code § 84200.8

May 7


Election Day

Mail ballots must be received by 8 p.m. May 7 in order to be counted.

May 9


Canvass to begin by this date

The official canvass of ballots begins on this date.

§15301, 15308

June 5

No later than


Statement of Vote

The elections official shall prepare a certified statement of results of the votes cast upon completion of the canvass and submit it to the School Districts.


Due to the size of the special school district election, certification will most likely be completed a few days after the election.

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 which measure is 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 the costs.

"Completion of the canvass" shall be presumed to be the time when the elections official signs the certified statement of vote.

§15620, 15622, 15624

Period following election

Document Retention

Rosters of voters and indexes will be preserved for five years following the date of the election (until May 7, 2018.)


Ballots, absentee ballot identification envelopes, spoiled ballots, canceled ballots, unused ballots and ballot receipts will be preserved for six months following the date of the election (November 7, 2013).


If no legal action or proceeding is then pending, the materials listed above may be destroyed or recycled.