California gubernatorial recall election

To: UCSC Community

From: Public Affairs

Tuesday, Sept. 14 is Election Day in California. The ballot will ask two questions: 1) do you want to recall Governor Newsom? and 2) If the governor is recalled, who do you want to replace him?

  • If 50% or more vote NO, the governor would remain in office.

  • If more than 50% vote YES, the Governor would be removed from office and the person with the most votes would replace him.

To read more about the Gubernatorial Recall Election visit the California Secretary of State’s website.

How can I vote?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all registered voters in the State of California were mailed a ballot in August for the Sept. 14, 2021 California Gubernatorial Recall Election. 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.

There will be one in-person voting site on campus. This voting site will be located at the Stevenson Event Center.  It will be open for 4 days; Sunday-Tuesday Sept 11th-14th. They 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. If you have a mail ballot and are registered in Santa Cruz County, you can mail it before Sept 14th or hand it in at any polling place on Election Day. 

Not registered to vote? You can still participate!

This year, the State of California is allowing Conditional Voter Registration. The Stevenson Event Center will be a site for conditional voter registration. 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. 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. 

I don’t know where I am registered, can I look it up online

Yes. You can go to and look up your voter information. If you need to change anything, you can go to and change it. 

Registered to vote back home?

If you are registered at an address that is NOT in Santa Cruz County, a ballot would have been mailed to that address in August. If you did not receive a ballot, you will need to visit one of the in-person voting sites, like the Stevenson Event Center on campus, to fill out the conditional voting registration. 

Thank you for participating!