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Missed the voter registration deadline?
You can still register and vote on the same day!

Go to one of the voter service centers for the election:

Monday - Friday, 8am to 5pm
Saturday & Sunday, February 29 & March 1, 9am to 5pm
Monday, March 2, 8am to 5pm
Tuesday, March 3, 7am to 8pm

  • Santa Cruz County Elections Department, 701 Ocean St., Room 310, Santa Cruz, Monday – Friday 8am to 5pm
  • Watsonville City Clerk’s Office, 275 Main St., 4th Floor (6th floor of the parking garage), Monday – Friday, 8am to 5pm

We will also have 8 additional voter service centers open Feb. 29 - March 3

Saturday & Sunday, February 29 & March 1, 9am to 5pm
Monday, March 2, 8am to 5pm
Tuesday, March 3, 7am to 8pm

•    Simpkins Family Swim Center – 979 17th Ave, Santa Cruz
•    UCSC Bay Tree Conference Center – Quarry Plaza 
•    Capitola City Hall – Community Room, 420 Capitola Ave, Capitola
•    Community Foundation – 7807 Soquel Dr, Aptos
•    Santa Cruz County Behavioral Health – 1430 Freedom Blvd, Watsonville
•    Pajaro Valley Community Conference Room – 85 Neilson St, Watsonville
•    Scotts Valley Skypark Classroom – 361 Kings Village Rd, Scotts Valley
•    Zayante Fire Protection District – 7700 E. Zayante Rd, Felton

Or, you can go to a polling place on Tuesday, March 3, 7am to 8pm. It is recommnended that you go to the polling place for your current address so you will get a ballot containing all of the contests you are eligible to vote. 

It’s three simple steps you can complete in one visit:

  1. You register to vote
  2. You vote
  3. You seal your ballot in a special envelope and sign the envelope

Your vote will be counted after elections officials verify your voter registration and confirm you have not already voted in this election. You can check if your ballot was counted and, if not, why not.

After the election, visit www.votescount.com or call 831-454-2060 to check the status of your ballot.

This is called Conditional Voter Registration (CVR), sometimes called Same Day Registration

Read on for all the details.

Q&A

What is the voter registration deadline?

The deadline to register to vote is 15 days before the election.

Why does the voter registration deadline matter?

There are a lot of milestones as we get close to Election Day

  • If you register 29 days before the election, you receive your state and county voter guide in the mail with all the information you need to vote.
  • If you register 15 days before the election, your name is on the voter list at your polling site and you still have time to vote by mail.
  • If you register after the 15th day, you must go to a county office or designated location to vote.

Where do I check if I am registered to vote?

Visit voterstatus.sos.ca.gov or call 831-454-2060 to look up your registration.

Where should I register and vote after the deadline?

Persons interested in registering and voting after the deadline must go to a designated location. If you go to a polling place, it is recommended that you go to the polling place for the precinct where you are now registered to vote. You can call 831-454-2060 to get that information. 

If you:

You can go to:

How you vote:

Registered to vote before the 15-day deadline 

Your county elections office

designated location, or

any polling place.

Vote a regular ballot

Are not registered to vote

Your county elections office

designated location, or

any polling place.

Complete a voter registration form on the outside of the yellow envelope the elections official will give you. 

 

Vote your ballot, seal it in the envelope, and deposit it into the ballot box. 

Are registered in another county

 

Your county elections office

designated location, or

any polling place

Complete a voter registration form on the outside of the yellow envelope the elections official will give you. 

 

Vote your ballot, seal it in the envelope, and deposit it into the ballot box. 

Have moved within the county where you are registered to vote

 

Your county elections office

designated location, or

any polling place

 

Complete a voter registration form on the outside of the yellow envelope the elections official will give you. 

 

Vote your ballot, seal it in the envelope, and deposit it into the ballot box. 

*Your vote will be counted after elections officials verify your voter registration and confirm you have not already voted in this election.

Can I pick up a voter registration form and come back to vote later?

It’s best to do it all at once, but you can also register online at registertovote.ca.gov or bring in a completed voter registration card and then go vote at the Elections Office or designated location.

Will my ballot be counted?

Your ballot will be counted if:

  • Your signature on the ballot envelope matches the one on your voter registration form.
  • You provide all the information needed to identify you on your voter registration form -- including your name, home (residence) address, and date of birth.
  • This is the only ballot you cast in this election.

Is this voter registration good for the next election, too?

Yes. You are now permanently registered to vote under the name and address on your voter registration form. Remember that you will need to update your registration if you move, change your name, or want to change your political party.
 

Information from the Secretary of State