Vote in Tuesday’s election

To: UC Santa Cruz Community

From: Public Affairs

Tuesday, March 3, is the Presidential Primary Election 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 and the Santa Cruz County Elections Department are making it as easy as possible for you to cast your ballot.

If you need to register to vote, or change your party, get a replacement ballot or get a ballot for the first time, there are lots of options!

Six campus polling stations will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3. Click here to look up where you are assigned to vote. 

If you already have a mail ballot, vote and drop it off. You can drop off your vote by mail ballot at any polling place or the Official Ballot Drop Box that has been installed in Quarry Plaza in front of Bay Tree Bookstore. All voters in the State of California can drop off their ballot at any polling place or drop box in the State. 

If you want to vote early and avoid the lines, visit the Voter Service Center at the Bay Tree Conference Center that will be open Saturday, February 29 through Election Day, March 3. Here are the days and times the Voter Service Center is open:

    Saturday (2/29) & Sunday (3/1) - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Monday (3/2) - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

      Tuesday (3/3) - 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.  

If there is any question about your eligibility to vote, you can always ask for a Provisional ballot. 

Registered to vote back home?

If you are registered to vote back home, you needed to request a vote-by-mail ballot by now or have plans to go home and vote. Otherwise, you can register and vote using your Santa Cruz County address. Go to your polling place or Voter Service Center to complete Same Day Registration. 

If you’re unsure about your voter registration status, you can check your voter information and find your polling location here

Get informed and go out and vote!