County of San Benito Clerk, Auditor & Recorder

San Benito County

COVID-19 Administrative Action

The purpose of this notice is to notify the public of the precautionary administrative action that the County Clerk/Recorder/Elections Department (CRE) will be taking effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Given the nature of the administrative actions and the need for further information, the plan and dates are likely to evolve, and we will update the public accordingly.

Administrative Action 1: CRE will close its over-the-counter services. Members of the public will have the option to take care of their business over the phone, online, mail or by office drop box.

Administrative Action 2: CRE will restrict public services to ONLY San Benito County residents.

This is not a decision we take lightly.  We know that these precautionary actions have a tremendous impact on the public.  The safety of the public and staff remains our top priority, and we have confidence that this is the proper course of action.  For more information, call (831) 636-4029.

Our office will be open on Election Day, March 3, 2020 from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.  Anyone can come to our office to vote in person, as long as you are in line by 8:00 pm.

San Benito County voters can now sign up for the Secretary of State’s “Where’s My Ballot?” tool to receive automatic updates on the status of their vote-by-mail ballots. Voters can sign-up at Where’s My Ballot to receive notifications about their vote-by-mail ballots by email, SMS (text), or voice call.

Voters who sign up for the “Where’s My Ballot?” tool receive automatic updates when:

  • The county elections office mails the voter’s ballot
  • The county has received the voter’s ballot
  • The county has counted the voter’s ballot
  • If there are any issues with the voter’s ballot

Voters signed up for “Where’s My Ballot?” will also receive communications from the San Benito County Department of Elections about important election deadlines and critical updates such as polling place closures.

VIDEO: Introducing “Where’s My Ballot?” tool.

The Secretary of State’s office contracted with BallotTrax to adapt a ballot tracking tool for California. BallotTrax has successfully deployed a similar tool in jurisdictions across the United States.

Notice of Election Mailing to all active registered voters regarding the upcoming March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election.

Click here to view the notice.

Attached here, please view the Notice of Measure Letters, Argument Deadlines, and Office Extension of candidate filing period.

Click here to view the Notice

The 2020 Census will take place April 1, 2020. There is a lot to plan for, and the count is critical to San Benito County. Follow all the news and information on our new 2020 Census page.

Effective April 1, 2019 new recording requirements will be in effect. Please view our Kickoff Packet for important recording information.

San Benito County has assigned letters for 3 local measures to be on the June 5, 2018 ballot.  View the notice of assignments, as well as the filing deadlines for arguments and rebuttals here.

A mailing has been sent to 6,210 voters in San Benito County who have not had any activity in the last 4 years, please see our press release for more information:  Press Release


While the San Benito County Clerk-Auditor-Recorder-Elections department never wants to hear that our website may have been attacked, we are grateful that our Hollister Neighbors have brought to our attention, the possibility that it might have been.

We have spent a good part of the day working on the website – the issue appears to have been a few spam posts made using a flaw in a piece of software that we have since patched. The site is again functional after hours of work, making sure no malicious content was present. We have found no indication of any infected files hosted on the county’s site and believe the site was marked in error – regardless steps have been taken to ensure the site is safe, and we have requested that Google re-evaluate our site to remove the search warning.

Once again, thank you for your concern and for letting us know.

Department of Clerk-Auditor-Recorder-Elections


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