Remember to Vote By Nov. 8!
Missed the Deadline? You Can Still Vote!If you missed the Oct. 24 deadline to register as a California voter, you can still vote with a conditional ballot in this election. You must visit the Registrar of Voters office or any official Vote Center in person and fill out a voter registration card. You can do this any time through the close of voting on Nov. 8.
California will hold a general election on Nov. 8. The ballot includes statewide candidates for governor, U.S. Senate, attorney general and more, as well as important propositions and contests for local offices. See below for details about how you can vote in this election, and where to cast your ballot.
You can begin voting as soon as you have registered and received your ballot. County election offices began mailing ballots to all registered voters during the week of Oct. 10.
- Return your ballot by mail – postage is free – any time up to Election Day, which is Nov. 8.
- Or, you can vote in person at county Vote Centers.
It's easy to have your say: You can register online and vote by mail. Here's how
Check To See If You're Registered
If you think you might be registered, but aren't sure, you can check your status on these websites
Register Online – If You Aren't Already
If you aren't registered
Remember to Cast Your Ballot!
If you are registered to vote in most Bay Area counties, you should receive your ballot in the mail. County officials began mailing out ballots during the week of Oct. 10.
Fill out the ballot and remember to seal, sign and date the return envelope. Make sure your signature matches the one you provided when registering.
You can then vote in any of three ways:
- Mail your ballot any time up through the Election Day. Postage is free!
- Drop your ballot in an official ballot Drop Box any time up to 8 p.m. on Election Day. (Look for a Drop Box on the De Anza campus. Or if you live in Santa Clara County, you can find a Drop Box near you.)
- Bring your ballot or vote in person at a county Vote Center, beginning ten days before Election Day in Santa Clara County. (Vote Centers will close at 8 p.m. on Election Day.) Under new rules, you don't need to vote in the precinct where you live. You can look online to find a Vote Center near you.
Vote early to avoid any crowds or delays on Election Day!
You Can Even Track Your Ballot
You can sign up for alerts by text message, email or voice call to track the status of your vote-by-mail ballot. Visit wheresmyballot.sos.ca.gov for details.
Under new procedures adopted because of the coronavirus pandemic, all California voters will have the option to vote by mail – or drop off their ballot in person.
Your old polling place may not be open on Election Day. But you can find the nearest Vote Center or Ballot Drop Box by checking with your county election office.
If you're registered to vote in Santa Clara County, you can drop your ballot in the official Ballot Drop Box on the De Anza campus. You'll find it on the sidewalk outside the RSS Building, near the entrance that faces Staff/Student Lot A.
You can also click the buttons to find a Ballot Drop Box or a county Vote Center near you.
If You Don't Receive Your Ballot
If you are registered to vote and don't receive your ballot in the mail, visit the nearest Vote Center or call your Registrar of Voters. The number for Santa Clara County is 1.866.430.VOTE (8683).
As always, you are eligible to vote if you are
- At least 18 years old
- A U.S. citizen
- Registered to vote at your current residence
Got more questions? Check out these Voting FAQs.
- Cal Matters Voting Guide – Learn what you need to know about the California election, in this guide prepared by the California State Library and the New California Coalition
- Voter's Edge – Get nonpartisan information from MapLight and the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
- Rockthevote.org – Find out how you can get involved in this election.