VOTERS WHO NO LONGER PHYSICALLY RESIDE IN SANTA CRUZ COUNTY
As a voter who is not now physically residing in Santa Cruz County, you
need to define for yourself what is your voting domicile.
Voting domicile is defined in Elections Code Section 349. (a)
"Residence" for voting purposes means a person's domicile. (b) The domicile of a
person is that place in which his or her habitation is fixed, wherein the person has the
intention of remaining, and to which, whenever he or she is absent, the person has the
intention of returning. At a given time, a person may have only one domicile."
So, if you once resided and were registered to vote in Santa Cruz
County and since then you have left this county, you need to define for yourself whether
you have the intention to return to Santa Cruz County or not. There are three categories
to choose from.
- If you are currently living somewhere outside of Santa Cruz County
and intend to return to Santa Cruz County at some future time, then you may maintain Santa
Cruz County as your voting domicile and continue to vote on state and local issues. Voters
serving in the military, living overseas temporarily or part-time, or who travel for
business or education are often in this category.
- If you do not intend to return to Santa Cruz County and you live
within the United States, you must re-register to vote prior to voting in the next
election in your new home. If you are now residing outside the United States and you have
no intention of returning, then we would advise you to become a federal voter. A federal
voter is only eligible to vote on the office of President, Vice President, U.S. Senate and
Congress. U.S. citizens living permanently abroad are mostly in this category.
- If you have moved away from Santa Cruz County but, you have not
re-establish a voting domicile, you may continue to use Santa Cruz County as your voting
domicile until a new one is established -- even though you may have no intention of
returning here. This is pursuant to a court case Walters v. Weed (1988) AKA "UCSC
Student Voting Case." 45 Cal.3rd.1. Voters who are students, traveling around the
country, or are transient are often in this category.
Please let us know which category of voter defines you and we will
process your request accordingly.
Voters who vote absentee or at the polls are required to provide the
address where they live in Santa Cruz County and sign under penalty of perjury that the
information is correct.