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Vote early in person 

You can go a Voter Service Center to obtain a ballot, get a replacement ballot, change your party and vote, change your address and vote, or register for the first time in Santa Cruz County and vote. You may also drop off your vote-by-mail ballot at any of these locations. 

You may vote this week at:

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

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

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.

Vote and return your vote-by-mail ballot

If you are in Santa Cruz County, we suggest you drop off your vote-by-mail ballot at one of our convenient Drop Boxes:

  • Aptos - Cabrillo College parking lot R, near the football stadium
  • Aptos - Aptos Polo Grounds parking lot near the dog park
  • Aptos - Aptos Public Library, 7695 Soquel Dr.
  • Capitola - 420 Capitola Avenue, Capitola City Hall parking lot
  • Felton - Graham Hill and Mt. Hermon Rd, Felton Covered Bridge Park Parking Lot
  • Santa Cruz - 701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, in front of the County Government Center
  • Santa Cruz - 212 Church Street, Santa Cruz, public parking lot
  • Santa Cruz - UCSC Quarry Plaza, next to the Bookstore
  • Scotts Valley - 1 Civic Center Drive, Scotts Valley City Hall parking lot
  • Watsonville - 316 Rodriguez Street, Watsonville public parking lot 14
  • Watsonville - 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 Friday, March 6 will be considered received on time. 

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.

California voters may drop their vote-by-ballot off at any polling place or elections office/drop box in California. 

The deadline to request a ballot be mailed to you was February 25.

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