How to vote in Santa Cruz County

Vote by Mail (VBM)

Be sure to sign the return envelope. Your signature must appear similar to the original signature on your voter registration form. A Vote-by-Mail ballot without your signature will not be counted. Your Vote-by-Mail ballot can be returned by mail, dropped off at any polling place, or deposited in a ballot drop off box. Click here for more on VBM.

Ballot Drop Off Box (24 hours)

Return your Vote-by-Mail ballot at a ballot drop off box before September 14 at 8:00 PM. Click here for a list of ballot drop box locations.

Vote In Person

No form of ID is needed to vote in person. The list of polling places is available, and you can visit any location to cast your ballot starting on August 16. You can also cast an early ballot at the Santa Cruz County Clerk’s Office or the Watsonville City Clerk’s Office starting on August 16. You are not required to bring your Vote-by-Mail ballot to your polling location if you prefer to cast your ballot in person, but it is strongly encouraged. Click here for a list of polling places.

Accessible Voting

The Registrar of Voters office provides the Voter Information Guide in an accessible format on the Voter Profile page. The official ballot for the September 14, 2021, Special Recall Election will be available through the Remote Accessible Vote-by-Mail portal beginning Monday, August 16. For accessibility questions, call (831) 454-2060 or visit https://www.votescount.us/MainMenu/VotingOptions/AccessibleVotingatHome.aspx

VOTE BY MAIL FOR EVERYONE

Every registered voter was mailed a Vote-by-Mail ballot by August 16.

County Website: https://www.votescount.us/ 

Check Your Registration: https://couragecaliforniainstitute.org/voter-tools/ 

Track Your Ballot: https://couragecaliforniainstitute.org/#track