Vote in California's primary election

To: UC Santa Cruz Community

From: Public Affairs

Tuesday, June 7 is Election Day in California for the primary elections. 

Your primary election ballot will include candidates for U.S. Senate, California governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, controller, treasurer, attorney general, insurance commissioner, member of State Board of Equalization, state superintendent of public instruction, U.S. representative in Congress, state senator, state assembly member, as well as other local candidates and ballot measures. To read more about this Primary Election visit the California Secretary of State’s website and the Santa Cruz County Elections Department.

How can I vote?

All California active registered voters will receive a vote-by-mail ballot. Your county elections office will begin mailing ballots by May 9, 2022. 

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 the main campus. This voting site will be located at the Stevenson Event Center.  It will be open for 4 days; Saturday-Tuesday June 4th-7th. They will accept mail-in ballots. 

  • Saturday, June 4th: Voting 9am-5pm 
  • Sunday, June 5th: Voting 9am-5pm 
  • Monday, June 6th: Voting 8am-5pm 
  • Tuesday, June 7th: Voting 7am-8pm

There will also be an in-person voting site at the Silicon Valley Campus in Room 2110. It will be open for 4 days;

  • Saturday-Tuesday June 4th-7th.
  • Saturday, June 4th: Voting 8am-6pm 
  • Sunday, June 5th: Voting 8am-6pm
  • Monday, June 6th: Voting 8am-6pm
  • Tuesday, June 7th: Voting 6am-10pm (Election Day)

Finally, 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 June 7th or hand it in at any polling place on Election Day. 

Not registered to vote? You can still participate!

You can register to vote online.

The State of California is also allowing Conditional Voter Registration. You can register and vote conditionally at any voting site and at the Santa Cruz County Votemobile. 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. 

The Santa Cruz County Elections Department will have the Votemobile trailer at the main entrance of campus where you may  also register to vote prior to the primary election. The Votemobile trailer will be at the the Barn Theatre (Parking Lot 122) at the base of campus on the following two Fridays:

  • Friday, May 20 from  8 a.m. to noon
  • Friday, May 27 from noon to 4 p.m. 

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. 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!