Important Election Dates

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Presidential Preference Election 
  • February 22, 2016 - Voter registration deadline for PPE
  • February 24, 2016 - Early Voting begins for PPE
  • March 11, 2016 - Last day to request an Early Ballot to be mailed
  • March 18, 2016 - Last day to Vote Early in person by 5 p.m.
  • March 22, 2016 - Presidential Preference Election Day 

Special Election

  • April 18, 2016 - Voter registration deadline for Special Election
  • April 20, 2016 - Early Voting begins for Special Election
  • May 6, 2016 - Last day to request a Early Ballot to be mailed
  • May 13, 2016 - Last day to Vote Early in person by 5 p.m. 
  • May 17, 2016 - Special Election 
Primary Election
  • August 1, 2016 - Voter Registration deadline for Primary Election 
  • August 3, 2016 - Early Voting begins for Primary Election
  • August 19, 2016 - Last day to request an Early Ballot to be mailed
  • August 26, 2016 - Last day to Vote Early in person by 5 p.m.
  • August 30, 2016 - Primary Election Day 
General Election
  • October 10, 2016 - Voter Registration deadline for General
  • October 12, 2016 - Early Voting begins for General Election 
  • October 28, 2016 - Last day to request an Early Ballot to be mailed 
  • November 4, 2016 - Last day to Vote Early in person by 5 p.m.
  • November 8, 2016 - General Election Day
Candidate Nomination Petitions
Partisan
  • May 2, 2016 - First day to file
  • June 1, 2016 by 5 p.m. - Last day to file
Non-Partisan
  • (School, Fire, Community College)
  • July 11, 2016 - First day to file
  • August 10, 2016 by 5 p.m. - Last day to file
Nomination Other Than by Primary (Independent)
  • May 2, 2016 - First day to file
  • June 1, 2016 by 5 pm - Last day to file
Write-In Candidates
Primary Election
  • Must file not later than: July 21, 2016 by 5 p.m.
General Election
  • Must file not later than: September 29, 2016 by 5 p.m
Note: Early voting is a function of the Santa Cruz County Recorder’s office. To request an early ballot, please contact the Recorder’s office at 520-375-7990.