Last Minute Voter Advice: Too Late to Mail In Ballots

Vote early or vote at the polls - Just Vote!

Do you want to vote at the polls?

  • Find your polling place location by looking at the back cover of the county Sample Ballot and Voter’s Information Pamphlet mailed to you.  Your polling place location is printed on the bottom half of the back cover.
  • You can also go online to http://bit.ly/where2voteSC and find out where you vote and what is on your ballot.
  • Download our Voter Guide Now app available for free on all smart phones and tablets.
  • Polls are open on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Voters are ALWAYS allowed the right to vote.
  • If there is any problem verifying your eligibility to vote at the polls, you have the right to vote a provisional ballot that we will research during the canvass to determine your eligibility. Once eligibility is confirmed, your vote is counted.

Do you want to vote early?
Early voting is available at the following locations:

Elections Department - 701 Ocean St., Room 210 in Santa Cruz

  • Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 3 and 4, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 5 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 6 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Watsonville City Clerk’s Office or Community Room - 275 Main Street, 4th Floor (6th Floor of the parking garage) in Watsonville

  • Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 3 and 4, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 5 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 6 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Do you have a vote-by-mail ballot you need to return?

It is too late to return the ballot by mail. Instead, you have other options:

Drop Boxes – No postage is necessary

  • 701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz. There is a white mail box receptacle in front of the County Building.
  • 215 Union Street, Watsonville. The green box, typically reserved for payments to the City, is located in the parking lot behind City Hall in front of the Police Department.

Hand Deliver It – Ballots can be hand delivered to:

  • County Elections Office – 701 Ocean Street, Room 210
  • City Clerks Offices in Watsonville, Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley and Capitola
  • Any polling site in Santa Cruz County on Election Day – polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. A list of polling places was mailed with the ballot and is available online at www.votescount.com

Ballots MUST be received by the County Elections Official by 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 6, 2012 – postmark is not acceptable.

Read your Sample Ballot and Voter’s Information Pamphlet

This pamphlet is mailed to every voter in Santa Cruz County who registers to vote by October 9.

If you register to vote after October 9, you will be mailed a postcard telling you where you are assigned to vote on Election Day, Tuesday, November 6.

The booklet contains a sample of the official ballot you will get at the polls or in the mail if you are voting by mail.

The booklet also contains statements submitted by candidates who are on your ballot as well as information about any local measure that is on your ballot.

In addition, the booklet contains important information about voting in this November 6, 2012 Presidential General Election.

Read your State Voter Information Guide

This guide produced by the state is mailed out one to each household. If there are people in your household with different last names, each person will get their own State Voter Information Guide.

This guide contains information on the 11 State Propositions on the ballot. The guide also contains statements submitted by candidates running for U.S. Senate.


Whichever method you use to vote, be sure to cast your ballot for the November 6, 2012 Presidential Election.  Voting is not a test. It is OK to leave contests blank.

If you need assistance, please call us at 831-454-2060. Se habla español. 

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