2018 Primary Election - Santa Cruz County
Learn about the August 28th Primary Election in Santa Cruz County.
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Santa Cruz County's 2018 Offices Up for Election
*As of Aug 9, 2017, voter registration deadlines falling on a legal holiday or weekend move to the next immediate business day, pursuant to changes enacted by SB 1307.
**Important Date for Independent (No Party) Voters. Independent voters must choose which ballot they want to vote. If voting Democratic, Green or Republican, you won't need to re-register. If voting by mail, voters must contact their County Recorder by August 17th to specify which ballot they would like to receive (even if a voter is on the Permanent Early Voting List). Otherwise, the County Recorder won't know which ballot to send and one will not be mailed. If voting in person, a voter would ask the election worker for the ballot of their choice. The last day to vote early is August 24th!
Each recognized political party holds a primary election to nominate candidates. The candidates that win the nomination in the primary election advance to the general election. Arizona has an open primary which allows voters registered as “independent” to participate by designating to their County Recorder which partisan ballot they would like to receive.
Arizona has an open primary, which means all registered voters can participate in the August 28th Primary Election, including independents. Independent voters can vote early by contacting their County Recorder with their preferred party ballot by August 17th (NOTE: Independents on the Permanent Early Voting List must tell their County Recorder which ballot to send them if they wish to vote early). Or, independent voters can visit the polls and choose their preferred party ballot on Election Day. For more information, click the button below and see the FAQ's below.
Early voting begins on August 1st, 2018. Voters are able to vote by mail or visit an on-site early voting location. The Santa Cruz County Recorder's Office will be serving as an early voting site and is located at 2150 N. Congress Drive, Suite 101, Nogales, AZ 85621. Contact your county recorder, contact information below, to request a ballot by mail.Voting on Election Day
Santa Cruz County has 9 vote centers. ANY registered voter can vote at any of the 9 vote centers. Registered voters in Elgin 6, Tubac 11 and Sonoita 15 will vote at their normal polling place but may vote at any Vote Center in the county. Click the button below to view Santa Cruz's voting locations.
Santa Cruz's voting locations
Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day. Don't forget your ID!2. Can I vote early in the Primary?
Absolutely. If you are registered with a political party and on the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL), you will automatically receive a ballot in your mailbox beginning August 1, 2018. Independent voters, that are on PEVL, must contact their County Recorder to designate which partisan ballot they would like to receive. Voters not on PEVL may make a one-time early ballot request or sign up for the Permanent Early Voting List, by contacting their County Recorder's Office. Local, non-partisan ballots may be available, please check with your County Recorder's Office.3. Do I need ID to vote early?
If you vote early, either by mail or in person, ID is not required. Your signature on the early ballot affidavit is compared to your voter registration record by the County Recorder to determine if the signature is valid. ID is required if you vote at a polling place or voting center on Election Day. Use our "ID at the Polls" Quiz to determine if you have sufficient identification!4. How do I find information on candidates?
The Citizens Clean Elections Commission has mailed a Voter Education Guide to every household with a registered voter. The Guide contains statements, photos and contact information for candidates running for Statewide Office and the State Legislature. Voter Education Guides will be received in home before early voting begins (August 1, 2018).5. How can military & overseas voters (UOCAVA) get a ballot?
Military and Overseas voters have special voting rights under federal and state law (Uniformed & Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA)). These rights include the use of a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to register to vote and request an early ballot as well as the use of a Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB), which serves as an emergency back-up ballot. Learn More6. Do I have to vote everything on my ballot?
No, voters do not have to vote everything on their ballot. The votes they do cast will still be counted. However, we encourage voters to vote down the ballot as local races, propositions, judges, etc. can impact voters' daily lives.7. Can Independent voters vote in the Primary?
Yes. Arizona has an Open Primary and voters that are not registered with a recognized political party (Independents) are able to request a partisan ballot. Who gets which ballot in a primary election? Democratic Voters will receive a Democratic Party Ballot, Green Voters will receive a Green Party Ballot, Libertarian Voters will receive a Libertarian Party Ballot, Republican Voters will receive a Republican Party Ballot. Independent Voters must choose either a Democratic OR Green OR Republican Party Ballot (may only choose one). The Libertarian Party has a closed primary. Independent voters who vote by mail must contact their County Recorder to designate which partisan ballot they want mailed to them. Local, non-partisan ballots may be available. Check with your County Recorder.