If you are going to be 18 on or before November 2, 2010, you may be eligible to vote on our next Governor, our City Council and a number of important propositions. The deadline is October 18 and voter registration cards are available at post offices, libraries, city halls and the County Elections Office at 701 Ocean St, Room 210 in Santa Cruz.

But, elections are not just for 18 year olds. Students who are 16 years of age with good grades are eligible to work in the polls on Election Day and earn $75. For more information, students as well as persons over the age of 18 who are registered voters may contact Kimberly Petersen, the Program Coordinator in charge of poll worker recruitment and training, at 831-454-2416 or e-mail Kimberly at kimberly.petersen@co.santa-cruz.ca.us

In addition, Santa Cruz County Elections has partnered with 7th & 8th grade students at Tierra Pacifica Charter School in Live Oak for the November 2, 2010 General Election to offer kids in all schools, grades K -12, a chance to vote on real issues with real ballots at Santa Cruz County polling places! Be sure to ask about Kids Vote 2010 at your polling place.

Finally, for schools that would like a classroom presentation on the importance of registering and voting, Inger Christenson, the Elections Department’s Program Coordinator in charge of voter registration and outreach, is available for classroom presentations. Inger can be reached at 831-454-3384 or inger.christenson@co.santa-cruz.ca.us