2020 Primary Election

To: Public Affairs

From: UC Santa Cruz Community

Tuesday, March 3rd is the Primary Elections in California. There are important matters on the ballot—candidates for United States president, federal, state, and local offices,  and several local and state initiatives, including Prop. 13: Public Preschool, K-12, and College Health and Safety Bond Act of 2020, a $15 billion general obligation bond measure that would provide funding to California’s public education system to improve the seismic safety of buildings, address deferred maintenance and expand the physical capacity to serve California students.

 Voting is a citizen's fundamental right, and UC Santa Cruz urges you to let your voice be heard. 

This year, the campus is making it as easy as possible for you to cast your ballot.

Six campus polling stations will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6. All will accept mail-in ballots. In addition, you may deposit your completed ballot in the Official Ballot Drop Box that has been installed in Quarry Plaza in front of Bay Tree Bookstore. 

Not registered to vote?

You can still participate!

This year, the State of California is allowing Same Day Voter Registration at select polling locations, including the Bay Tree Bookstore and the Santa Cruz County Elections office.  At these sites, you can register and vote conditionally. Conditional ballots will be processed once the county elections office has completed the voter registration verification process.

Voters can complete the conditional voter registration process from February 28 all the way through Election Day on March 3.  You will need to bring your California driver’s license or Social Security Number and you will need to provide your dorm room and campus PO box if you live on campus.

Registered to vote back home?

If you are a student and are registered to vote in your home county you must mail in an absentee ballot and it must be posted on or before ______f you have a mail ballot and are registered in Santa Cruz County, you can mail before ______ or hand it in at any polling place on Election Day. 

If you’re unsure about your voter registration status, you can check your polling location and voting information online. If for any reason you are not listed on your polling location's registered voters list, and you are sure you registered, ask for a provisional ballot, so that your vote can still count. 

You can also find more information about off-campus polling locations online

If you need information on the candidates and propositions on the ballot, please review the Santa Cruz County Voter Information Guide.

Thank you for participating!