Santa Cruz County

Postage to return Santa Cruz County mail ballots up this year

Ballot packet weight means postage is 71 cents instead of 49

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY - The Santa Cruz County says the mail ballot for the June 3 election is so big, it weighs just more than the 1-ounce cutoff for a 49-cent stamp.  For this reason, the cost to return the ballot will be 71 cents.

Voters who don't want to pay the additional postage can drop off their ballots at any of the following four City Clerk's Offices during their business hours:

Capitola office: 420 Capitola Ave.

Santa Cruz office: 809 Center St.

Scotts Valley office: 1 Civic Center Drive.

Watsonville office: 275 Main St., fourth floor, sixth floor of the parking garage.

In addition, there are two drop boxes in the county.  One of them is a white mailbox style box in front of the county building and the second one is a green box (usually used for dropping off payments to the city) located at 215 Union St. behind City Hall in front of the Police Department.

These drop boxes are available to voters to drop off their ballot 24 hours a day, seven days a week up until 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 3.

Voters in Santa Cruz County may also drop off their voted mail ballot at any polling site in the county on Election Day, June 3.

Both the Santa Cruz County Clerk/Elections Department and Watsonville City Hall will be open on the weekend prior to the election, May 31 and June 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for voters to vote and for voters with vote-by-mail ballots to return their ballots.

Ballots cast by Santa Cruz County voters must be received by an elections official in this county no later than 8 p.m., election day, Tuesday, June 3.

The County Clerk's Office has set up an account at the post office to cover any insufficient postage in an effort to ensure all vote-by-mail ballots are delivered.

The office says while it's a good system to be used as a backup, it shouldn't be relied on to be 100 percent effective.

So far, 68,526 vote-by-mail ballots have been mailed to registered voters in Santa Cruz County. The deadline to request a vote-by-mail ballot is May 27.

Vote-by-mail applications are printed on the back cover of the Sample Ballot and Voter's Information Pamphlet that have been mailed to voters in Santa Cruz County. Voters may also apply for a ballot online here or at any of the City Clerk's offices listed above.  You may also obtain one by calling 831-454-2060.

For more information, please contact the County Clerk/Elections Department at 831-454-2060 or visit its website here.

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