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3 Ways to Vote

1. Vote by mail

The deadline to request a ballot be mailed to you is February 25.  Request a ballot or a replacement ballot at

If you already have a vote-by-mail ballot, and need to return it, we suggest you drop it off at one of our convenient Drop Boxes:

  • 701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, in front of the County Government Center
  • 212 Church Street, Santa Cruz, public parking lot
  • 1 Civic Center Drive, Scotts Valley City Hall parking lot
  • 420 Capitola Avenue, Capitola City Hall parking lot
  • 316 Rodriguez Street, Watsonville public parking lot 14
  • UCSC Quarry Plaza, next to the Bookstore
  • Graham Hill and Mt. Hermon Rd, Felton Covered Bridge Park Parking Lot
  • Cabrillo College parking lot R, near the football stadium
  • Aptos Polo Grounds parking lot near the dog park
  • County Health Center Watsonville, 1430 Freedom Blvd. 

Or drop it off at any polling place on Election Day.

Ballots postmarked on or before Tuesday, March 3, and received by the elections official by the third day after the election will be considered received on time. The deadline for ballots postmarked on or before March 3 is Friday, March 6.

However, voters should be aware that mail delivery is taking anywhere from 3 to 10 days, so voters are encouraged to mail their ballots no later than Wednesday, February 26.

Click here for more information on how to return your vote-by-mail ballot. 

2. Vote early in person 

You can go to these locations to obtain a ballot, get a replacement ballot, change your party and vote, change your party and vote, or register for the first time in Santa Cruz County and vote. 

You may vote early at two locations
February 3 - March 3

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

Both locations will also be open
Saturday and Sunday, February 29 and March 1, 9am to 5pm
Monday, March 2, 8am to 5pm
Tuesday, March 3, 7am to 8pm

We will also have 8 additional satellite voting offices open Feb. 29 - March 3
Saturday & Sunday, 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

3. Vote at the polls in person

Polls are open on Election Day:
March 3, from 7am to 8pm

The location of your polling place is printed on the back cover of your Sample Ballot and Voter Information Guide mailed to all registered voters in early February.

Or, you can look up your polling place:

  • On the web, or 
  • Call the County Clerk’s office at 831-454-2060

At the polling place, you can vote using a paper ballot or us a Tablet to mark a paper ballot. 

How to vote on a paper ballot

How to vote on using the tablet

Click here for a list of polling places in Santa Cruz County.