Elections

The City Clerk conducts and administers Municipal Elections, which are consolidated with the Santa Cruz County Elections Department. For additional current and past election information, please visit the Santa Cruz County Elections Department on the Votes Count website.

The City’s Municipal elections are held the first Tuesday of November in each even-numbered year. City Council Members serve four-year staggered terms.

Registering to Vote

Registering to vote is easier than ever. Use the Secretary of State Onlive Voter Registration website to register. 

Register to Vote, Vote California, Registertovote.ca.gov

Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) Filings

  • Committee Campaign Statements (Form 460)
    Candidate controlled committees use the Recipient Committee Campaign Statement (Form 460) to report campaign activity for all semi-annual, pre-election, and supplemental pre-election statements. Please visit the Fair Political Practices Website for information about who needs to file and forms needed.
  • Agency Report of Public Official Appointments (Form 806) (PDF)
    This form is used to report additional compensation that officials receive when appointing themselves to positions on committees, boards or commissions of a public agency, special district, and joint powers agency or authority. For example, a city councilmember may be appointed to serve as the city’s representative on a joint powers insurance authority or a metropolitan planning organization or mayor. (Regulation 18705.5, amended 03.2012) Each agency must post on its website a single Form 806 which lists all the paid appointed positions. When there is a change in compensation or a new appointment, the Form 806 is updated to reflect the change. The form must be updated promptly as changes occur.
  • Statement of Economic Interest Form (Form 700)
    The Political Reform Act (Gov. Code Sections 81000- 91014) requires most state and local government officials and employees to publicly disclose their personal assets and income. They also must disqualify themselves from participating in decisions that may affect their personal economic interests. The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) is the state agency responsible for issuing the attached Statement of Economic Interests, Form 700, and for interpreting the law’s provisions.