Elections and Voting

Elections and Voting

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Information about voter registration and voting and your ballot for the next election.


Secretary of State - Register to Vote

Click the "Register to VOTE" button to register to vote for the first time, or to re-register if you have changed your name or address, or if you want to change your political party affiliation. To find out if you're already registered to vote in Santa Cruz County click here: Am I Registered?


For the November 3, 2020 election, ballots will be mailed to all active registered voters. Voting at home is a safe, secure way for voters to cast their ballots in the November election. Voters will receive their ballot in the mail, and they can vote it at home, and return it in the envelope provided to an accessible ballot drop box, or mail it in the postage paid envelope. The locations for ballot drop boxes as well as in-person voting locations in Santa Cruz County, may be found on the Election Department's website. The Election Department also has special instructions for fire survivors here. More information on how to vote by mail in California may be found on the Secretary of State's website.
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Visit Voter's Edge California to find all the facts before you vote. Enter your address and get your entire ballot and polling place. Get the facts before you vote. Visit Voter's Edge California before Election Day:

   - Use your address to get a personalized ballot.
   - Get in-depth info on candidates, measures, and who supports them.
   - Check where, when, and how to vote.
   - Keep track of your choices and use them to vote.
   - Share and start the conversation!

See more information on How to Vote in California: preparing to vote, voting (in person, by mail, if you've moved), voting rights, take a friend to vote, results of past elections, etc.

Also, the Santa Cruz County Elections Department maintains a website with information on the Santa Cruz County election system, future and past elections, elected public offices and officials, voter registration, polling places, voting by mail and much more. See archives of past elections with election results.


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The Easy Voter Guide helps new voters and busy voters learn about how to vote and what will be on the ballot in statewide elections. It also helps people learn how to make change in their community.
Read the Pros & Cons of the statewide ballot measures on the November 3, 2020 ballot, here. In addition, we have a PowerPoint presentation of the Pros & Cons of the November 3, 2020 statewide ballot measures here.
 Here's a comprehensive list of election resource links.

Outside California?

Enter your address to find your polling place, create your personalized voters' guide and find everything you need to vote! With your personalized guide, you will:

  1. see everything that will be on your ballot,
  2. compare candidates' positions side-by-side,
  3. print out a personalized ballot with your choices to take with you on Election Day.

Are you a military or overseas voter?