Election and Voter Information

Be informed, participate, and make your voice heard 

Not sure if you’re registered already? You can check at the Santa Cruz County Elections Department.

The last day to register to vote for the November 5, 2024, General Election is October 21, 2024.

Your county elections office will begin mailing ballots by October 7, 2024.

Vote-by-mail ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by November 12, 2024.


How can I vote?

All California active registered voters will receive a vote-by-mail ballot for the November 5, 2024, General Election.

Voting is a citizen’s fundamental right, and UC Santa Cruz urges you to let your voice be heard. The campus makes it as easy as possible for you to cast your ballot.

There will be one in-person voting site on the main campus. This voting site will be located at the Stevenson Event Center. It will be open for four days—Saturday through Tuesday. The site will accept mail-in ballots.

There will also be an in-person voting site at the Silicon Valley Campus in Room 2110. It will be open for four days, as well.

Finally, you may deposit your completed ballot in the official ballot drop box that has been installed in Quarry Plaza in front of Bay Tree Campus Store. If you have a mail ballot and are registered in Santa Cruz County, you can mail it before November 5 or hand it in at any polling place on Election Day.

Polling sites on campus

  • Stevenson College Event Center (101 McLaughlin Dr., Santa Cruz)
    • Saturday, November 2: Voting 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
      Sunday, November 3: Voting 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
      Monday, November 4: Voting 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
      Tuesday, November 5: Voting 7 a.m.–8 p.m. (Election Day)
  • Silicon Valley Campus Room 2110
    • Saturday, November 2: Voting 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
      Sunday, November 3: Voting 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
      Monday, November 4: Voting 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
      Tuesday, November 5: Voting 7 a.m.–8 p.m. (Election Day)

Same-day voter registration will be available.


Not registered to vote? You can still participate!

The State of California allows for conditional voter registration. The Stevenson Event Center will be a site for conditional voter registration. You can register and vote conditionally. Conditional ballots will be processed once the county elections office has completed the voter registration verification process. You will need to bring your California driver’s license or Social Security number, and you will need to provide your dorm room and campus PO box if you live on campus.

FAQ

Is your vote secure?

YES! Election security is a major concern at all levels of government. The end goal of election security is to deliver a process that is safe and secure but is also fair, accurate, and accessible. In California, at both the state and county levels, there is a multitude of layered security protocols in place.

I don’t know where I am registered, can I look it up online? 

Yes. You can go to VoterStatus.sos.ca.gov and look up your voter information. If you need to change anything, you can go to RegisterToVote.ca.gov and change it. 

Where’s my ballot? I didn’t get one!

Tracking your vote-by-mail ballot—when it is mailed, received, and counted—has never been easier. The California Secretary of State is now offering Where’s My Ballot?—a new way for voters to track and receive notifications on the status of their vote-by-mail ballot.

I’m registered to vote back home, what should I do?

If you are registered at an address that is NOT in Santa Cruz County, a ballot would have been mailed to that address. If you did not receive a ballot, you will need to visit one of the in-person voting sites, like the Stevenson Event Center on campus, to fill out the conditional voting registration. 

Feel free to contact the Government & Community Relations Office for any further questions or concerns about voting on campus.

Thank you for participating!

Sammy Slug with the Santa Cruz County elections team in Quarry Plaza
Sammy Slug with the Santa Cruz County elections team in Quarry Plaza
Last modified: Jul 08, 2024