Safety: For the November 3 Presidential General Election, every elections official in California will mail their active registered voters in their county a ballot by October 5 so they can vote safe at home. Voting by mail is simple, safe & secure. Click here for more information about safe voting using the ballot mailed to you.
Track:You can now track your ballot every step of the way! It’s easy to sign up for Where’s My Ballot at www.wheresmyballot.sos.ca.gov. After signing up you will receive an email, text, or voice call notifications when your ballot is mailed in early October and when it is received by the elections office. You will also get alerted if there is any problem with your ballot so you can correct it.
Remote Voting:If you are in the military, or living overseas, or a voter with a disability you can sign up to receive your ballot via email by requesting a Remote Accessible Vote-By-Mail Ballot (RAVBM). This option has been expanded to all voters due to COVID-19. After you sign up, you will receive an access code via email. You can then vote your ballot using your computer, print your ballot, and return it in the identification envelope we mailed you or you can use your own envelopes. We will email your instructions on how to return your ballot. Ballots for military and overseas voters must be sent by September 19. The last day to request a RAVBM is October 27.
Vote in person: If you would rather vote in person, you may go to any voting location set up for the November 3 Election. In Santa Cruz County we will have 17 voting locations that will be open Saturday, October 31 to Tuesday, November 3 to flatten the voting curve. We will also have a mobile voting trailer so we can provide pop up voting where needed in the county. At these locations voters can obtain and vote a ballot, turn in a ballot, register and vote on the same day, or vote an accessible or Spanish ballot on the tablet. Elections officials will adhere to the public safety protocols including physical distancing and wearing masks, disinfecting surfaces and voting equipment, and providing hand sanitizer. Voters will be asked to follow these guidelines to protect themselves and to protect others. Click here for more information about in-person voting locations.
Voters with Disabilities:
It is your right to vote independently and privately. Please call the Santa Cruz County Clerk's office at 831-454-2060 or TDD 711 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or suggestions about accessible voting in Santa Cruz County.
At the polling place
To check polling place accessibility, look for the wheelchair symbol on the back cover of your County Voter Information Guide mailed to voters 3 – 4 weeks before an election. If your site is accessible, next to the symbol you will find the word Yes.
In some polling places, temporary thresholds, ramps, signage, cones, and door props, are used to improve access to the facility.
Voting locations must be made accessible for all people, regardless of ability. Under State and Federal law, all voters must be given the same opportunity for access and participation in the voting process.