Register to vote today on National Voter Registration Day

To: UC Santa Cruz Campus Community

From: Judith Gutierrez, SUA external affairs vice president; Lucy Rojas, interim dean of students; Tyrus Miller, vice provost and dean of graduate studies

Today is National Voter Registration Day.

This year’s general election is a little over a month away and carries with it far-reaching implications for the future of our university system, state, and nation. With the U.S. presidential, California senatorial, and local city council and mayoral races all at stake, your voice matters more than ever, and, if eligible, the best way for you to participate civically is by voting.

If you are not registered to vote, wish to change your party affiliation, or are not sure if you’re registered, we urge you to take a few minutes to do so today. Slugs Vote will have voter registration tables on campus today from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. at Quarry Plaza, McHenry Library, and Rachel Carson College Dining Hall, where you can register and also sign up for voting updates and reminders (or you can register online at*).

Also, please remember that students who have moved since the last election need to re-register to vote at their current address. You may register at your college residence address (on or off campus) or at your permanent home address, but only at one of these places. 

If you need any assistance with voter registration, please contact the Santa Cruz County Registrar of Voters at 831-454-2060. (Live outside of Santa Cruz County? Contact your local Registrar of Voters.)   If you aren’t eligible to vote, you can still get involved by helping others register to vote, supporting candidates and initiatives you believe in through volunteering or promotion, and helping to explain election materials for friends and family. 

*Register before the deadline: Monday, Oct. 24

*Then remember to vote on: Tuesday, Nov. 8

Go slugs, go vote!