November 2016 Quick Calendar

Important dates for jurisdictions calling elections

*Date falls on a weekend or holiday, so event is moved to the next business day.

Date Event
May/June 2016

Suggested time for jurisdictions holding elections in November to pass a resolution that 1) orders the election; 2) requests the Santa Cruz County Elections Department to conduct the election, and 3) consolidates it with any other jurisdiction holding an election on that same day.

The following documents can be found on our website at

  • Sample Resolution for School Districts
  • Sample Resolution for Cities/Special District
August 12, 2016 Last day to call an election or file for office. If the incumbent does not file, filing is extended for 5 calendar days for anyone other than the incumbent.
August 12, 2016 Deadline for filing tax rate statement for bond measures. Last day to file Tax Rate Statement for any bond measure appearing on the November ballot.
August 19, 2016

Deadline for filing arguments for or against local ballot measures.

Deadline for filing analyses of local ballot measures.
August 26, 2016 Deadline for filing rebuttals.
September 9, 2016 First day to mail ballots to military and overseas voters
October 11, 2016* First day to mail ballots to vote-by-mail voters.
October 24, 2016 Last day to register to vote in November 2016 election.
November 5 & 6, 2016 Weekend voting – open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Santa Cruz County Elections and Watsonville City Hall.
November 8, 2016

Election Day – polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.