Voter registration and Election Day reminder

To: UC Santa Cruz Community

From: Donna Blitzer, Director, Government and Community Relations

Monday, Oct. 24 is the deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 8 General Election. There are important votes for federal, state, and local candidates, as well as important initiatives on the ballot. Voting is a citizen's fundamental right, and it is important to have this opportunity to let your voice be heard.

One important local initiative is Measure D Transportation Improvement Plan. I urge you to be informed by reviewing information on the Santa Cruz County Elections website.

Information on how to register to vote, when to mail your absentee ballot, and on- and off-campus polling locations is available online.  

If you are voting by mail, your vote-by-mail ballot must be postmarked on or before Election Day, November 8 and received by the Elections Department by Monday, November 14

If you haven't mailed your vote-by-mail ballot a few days before Election Day, you can drop your ballot off at any polling place that is in the county you reside in on Election Day. In Santa Cruz County, you can also drop your ballot off at the Santa Cruz County building anytime in the drop box in front of the building.

California state law, University of California policy, and applicable labor agreements allow leave with pay up to a maximum of two hours for voting in a statewide primary or general election if an employee is scheduled to work eight hours or more that day, and if the employee does not have time to vote outside of working hours.

Please be sure to vote in the Nov. 8 election.

This notice has been corrected to note that vote-by-mail ballots postmarked on Nov. 8 are valid if received by Nov. 14.