Information about the November 5, 2013 Cities, Schools and Special Districts Election
Monterey County’s Cities, Schools and Special Districts Election will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2013. Voters throughout Monterey County will vote for measures and qualified candidates for Cities, Schools and Special Districts.
Requesting a Ballot
At the Polling Place:
The location of your assigned polling place can be found on the back cover of your local voter information guide.
In the Mail:
Permanent vote by mail (absentee) voters will receive their ballots in the mail between October 7th and October 26th, 2013.
Dates to Remember
Local Voter Information Guides, Mailing Begins – September 26, 2013
Vote by Mail (Absentee) Ballots, Availability Begins – October 7, 2013
Voter Registration Deadline – October 21, 2013
Vote by Mail (Absentee) Ballots, Last Day to Request – October 29, 2013
*New Residents Registration Period– October 22 to October 29, 2013
*This special 7-day registration and voting period is available to only those who become new residents after the voter registration deadline, October 21, 2013. New residents must come to the Department and obtain a ballot in person.
*New Citizens Registration Period– October 22 to November 5, 2013
*New citizens must come to the Department and obtain a ballot in person.
Important Message to Voters in Monterey County
Election Day is Tuesday, November 5, 2013. All polling places will open at 7:00 am and close at 8:00 pm.
When voting at their designated polling place on Election Day, voters will be issued a secrecy sleeve and paper ballot to vote. Any voter who wishes or needs to use the touch-screen voting machine to cast their ballot should ask an Election Officer for assistance.
The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) also requires any jurisdiction using paper ballots as a method of voting to provide information to voters on the results of over voting:
An over vote means a voter has made more selections than the maximum number of votes allowed for any single ballot contest (candidate or ballot measure). Voters should review their ballot prior to casting to ensure they have not inadvertently over voted any contests. Over voted contests are detected by the counting machine and cannot be counted. All other properly marked contests on the ballot will be counted as valid.
A voter who over votes or “spoils” their ballot, or who simply wishes to change their vote, can request a new ballot from an Elections Official. Voters who are voting by mail may enclose their “spoiled” ballot in the blue return envelope, check the box in the upper right corner of the flap indicating they wish a new ballot, then sign, date, and return the envelope. The Department will then send a replacement ballot.
An under vote means a voter has made fewer marks on a paper ballot than the maximum number of votes allowed for any ballot contest (candidate or ballot measure). Voters should review their ballot prior to casting to ensure they have not inadvertently missed contests for which they are eligible to vote. Ballots with under voted contests will still be counted as valid.
How to Mark the Paper Ballot used in Monterey County
How to Use the Touch Screen Voting Machine used in Monterey County