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Santa Cruz County youth have several  ways that they can get involved in the November 6, 2012 Presidential General Election.

  • ·       Register your School for the 2012 MyVote California Student Mock Election
  • ·       Serve as a Poll Worker
  • ·       Participate in Santa Cruz County Kids Vote 2012
  • ·       Register Voters

2012 MyVote California Student Mock Election
To encourage students to become active voters once they are old enough to cast a ballot, Secretary of State Debra Bowen and Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson are inviting high school and middle school students, teachers and principals to participate in the MyVote California Student Mock Election,which takes place on Tuesday, October 30, 2012, just one week before California’s November 6 Presidential General Election. Schools need to register by September 21, 2012 at www.sos.ca.gov/elections/studentmockelection.htm

Serve as a Poll Worker
To be a student poll worker, you must be at least 16 years of age at the time of the election, a U.S. citizen, enrolled in good standing attending a public or private secondary educational institution, and have at least a 2.5 grade point average. Student poll workers can earn up to $95 for serving as a poll worker.

All students must obtain a signature from a parent and teacher on their poll worker application in order to be assigned to a polling place. This includes students 18 years and older. Applications are online at http://www.votescount.com/forms/stnworker.pdf

Participate in Santa Cruz County Kids Vote 2012
Santa Cruz County Clerk/Elections has partnered with the 7th & 8th grade classes at Tierra Pacifica Charter School in Live Oak for the November 6, 2012 Presidential Election to offer kids in grades K –12 a chance to vote on real issues with real ballots. The classes, taught by Justin Trinh-Halperin, have been studying the election and are coordinating Kids Vote 2012. The classes have assembled Kids Vote packets for all of the 140 voting precincts in Santa Cruz County, so kids will be able to vote at all polling places in Santa Cruz County on Election Day or at the Watsonville City Clerk’s Office during early voting for the 29 days before the election. The students will tally the kids’ votes after the polls close at 8 p.m. on November 6 and results will be posted on the Elections Department’s website at www.votescount.com

Register Voters
There are no statutory requirements specifying citizenship, age or other criteria for persons distributing voter registration cards.  Individuals and organizations may distribute voter registration cards anywhere in the county. To register voters, please come to the Santa Cruz County Elections Department at 701 Ocean St., Room 210 in Santa Cruz to receive training and obtain cards after completing an application. An under-19 coed soccer team from the Scotts Valley/San Lorenzo Valley Soccer Club has been sponsored by the Santa Cruz County Clerk’s Office and the team will register voters on the last day to register to vote on Monday, October 22.

The Santa Cruz County Clerk/Elections Department also hosts a Kids Page on their website at www.votescount.com/kids/ For more information, please visit our website or contact us 831-454-2060.