County Clerk - Elections


Mission Statement

To conduct all local, state and federal elections, issue marriage licenses, file fictitious business name statements, process passport applications, administer notary oaths, serve as the Commissioner of Civil Marriages, and conduct various other professional registrations in a secure, transparent and timely fashion.

Department Overview

Clerk-Elections includes the Clerk Services and Elections divisions. Clerk Services provides professional registrations, processes passport applications, issues marriage licenses, conducts marriages, and provides other services. The Elections Division conducts and certifies all local, state, and federal elections according to local, state, and federal policy.

Budget Summary

Department Budget Overview

Budget Summary of Changes

The County Clerk-Elections budget reflects an increase in revenue and expenditures in anticipation to an increase in local jurisdiction participation and corresponding billings for the November 5, 2024, Presidential General Election. The remainder of the budget is status quo and includes scheduled and negotiated salary and benefit increases.

Supplemental Budget Summary of Changes

In response to expanded Clerk Services at the South County Government Center and the November 2024 Presidential Election, the Supplemental Budget adds one Extra Help Clerk III and increases Clerk Services overtime. These costs are offset by a decrease in overtime costs in the Elections Division and an increase in Clerk Services revenue. The Extra Help Clerk III will provide for an increase in the number of appointments offered in Watsonville without the loss of staffing in Santa Cruz.

Open the Services Overview or Operational Plan Objectives below for more details.

Department Services and Objectives

Total Expenses
21 %
Total Revenues
164 %
General Fund Contribution
3 %
Other Fund Contributions
0 %
Funded Staffing
Service Overview
Operational Plan Objectives
This service supports various department objectives


1 – Indicates change from FY 2021-22 Allowed Budget

2 – General Fund Contribution is the share of General County Revenues (primarily property tax and other local taxes) allocated to each department. Other funds that contribute to this budget are shown on the Budget Details page.

3 – Indicates change from FY 2021-22 Adjusted Funded Positions (including Board-approved mid-year changes as of April 1, 2022).

Budget Details

The charts below show department expenditures and revenues by division and service. Click on the pie charts to drill down for more detail. Complete detail can be found on the County's Transparency Portal.

Expenses by Service

Expenses and Revenues over time

Personnel Details

The chart below provides the department personnel detail by division, service, and classification.