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Voter Registration Information

 

 

As a Santa Cruz County resident you may register to vote if:

When is it necessary to Re-Register?

You need to re-register if you have moved, changed your name, wish to change your political party affiliation, or if your signature has changed.

How to register:

Is Voter Registration Information confidential?

Voter record information is not available for public inspection. However, voter information is made available for political, governmental, educational and journalistic purposes.

Information on your Voter Registration Card will be used by elections officials to send you official election information, such as the State Voter Guide and the County Sample Ballot and Voter Information Pamphlet containing your polling place location and information about measures and candidates that will appear on your ballot.

Commercial use of voter registration information is prohibited by law and is a misdemeanor.

Voter information may be provided after an application is completed to a candidate for office, a ballot measure committee, or other person for election, scholarly, journalistic, political, or governmental purposes, as determined by the Secretary of State. Driver's license and social security numbers, or your signature as shown on your voter registration card, cannot be released for these purposes.

If you have any questions about the use of voter information or wish to report suspected misuse of such information, please call the Secretary of State's Voter Protection and Assistance Hotline. Certain voters facing life-threatening situations may qualify for confidential voter status. For more information, please click here to contact the Secretary of State's Safe At Home program.

Are you living overseas or a member of the military?

You must register and request a vote-by-mail (absentee) ballot in your State of legal residence by completing the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) and submit it to your local elections office. For California voters, the website is www.fvap.gov/california

Voters who claim a residence address in Santa Cruz County must mail their FPCA to Santa Cruz County Clerk/Elections, 701 Ocean St., Room 210, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. FPCA cards may also be faxed or emailed as long as the hard copy with the original signature is mailed. FAX number is 831-454-2445 and email John Beck at john.beck@santacruzcounty.us

How do I cancel my registration and remove my name from the jury list?

Many voters wish to cancel their registration upon receipt of a jury summons. The Jury Commissioners office utilizes data from our office as well as the DMV, therefore cancelling your registration does not ensure you will not receive a jury summons in the future.

To cancel your voter registration in Santa Cruz County:

Simply click here to print the Voter Registration Cancellation Form. Complete, sign and send to the Elections Department. This is not submitted online.

Help America Vote Act of 2002

For information concerning the Help America Vote Act of 2002, visit the Secretary of State's web site at www.ss.ca.gov.

To change your mailing address

If you haven't moved where you live, you have just changed where you get your mail, you can use this simple online form to give us your new mailing address. If you want to remove a mailing address, just type in "none" under the mailing address field.

Click here to change your mailing address. Do not use this link if you have moved and need to register with the above link.

Youth Vote

If you will be 18 on or before the next Election Day, you may Click Here to use the California Online Registration.

California law authorizes a person who is at least 17 years of age and otherwise meets all voter eligibility requirements to submit his or her voter registration card. The voter registration card would be activated as soon as the person reaches the age of 18 at the time of the next election.

If you are 17 years old, Click Here to pre-register to vote.

For more information on the youth vote, go to: