Register to Vote

Are you already registered to vote: 

We want to help you;

  • Check if you are registered to vote.
  • Check where you are registered to vote.
  • Check your political party preference.
  • Check your language preference for election materials.
  • Check the status of your vote-by-mail or provisional ballot.
  • Find your polling place.
  • Find information for upcoming local and state elections.
  • Find contact information for your county elections office.
  • Choose how you want to receive your state and county voter guides before each election. 

To find answers to these questions, please visit the My Voter Status Page

Who May Register to Vote:

You may register to vote if you meet the following criteria;

  • You are a United States citizen
  • You are a resident of California
  • You are at least 18 years of age (or will be by the date of the next election)
  • You are not in prison or on parole for conviction of a felony
  • You have not been judged by a court to be mentally incompetent to register and vote

To learn more, and to register online, please visit the Santa Cruz County Voter Registration website.    

Re-Registering to Vote:

You will need to re-register to vote when;

  • You move
  • You change your name
  • You change your political party affiliation

Deadline to Register to Vote:

In California, the deadline to register to vote for an election is 15 days before each local and statewide election day, so please register early!

Additional Assistance:

For additional assistance with voter registration, you may contact the Secretary of State's office at any of the following toll-free numbers:

  • English:1-800-345-VOTE
  • Spanish:1-800-232-VOTA
  • Chinese:1-800-339-2857
  • Vietnamese:1-800-339-8163
  • Japanese:1-800-339-2865
  • Tagalog:1-800-339-2957
  • Korean:1-866-575-1558

Voter Registration Drives:

The California Secretary of State has developed a Guide to Voter Registration Drives that is designed to help political parties, voter registration drive coordinators, petition management companies, circulators, and volunteers understand their responsibilities and requirements when helping people register to vote.

The Guide is designed to reflect all current laws, regulations and rules that pertain to voter registration, but it does not have the force and effect of law, regulation or rule. Therefore, in the unlikely event there is a conflict between the Guide and a law, regulation or rule, the law, regulation or rule shall take precedence.

The Secretary of State’s Investigative Services Unit vigorously pursues possible violations of the California Elections Code and Penal Code relating to election, voter registration, petition, and voter fraud. The Unit has the authority to investigate all possible Elections Code related violations, but must turn its findings over to the Attorney General or local district attorney for possible prosecution of any case.

If you witness activity that you suspect may be improper or illegal or if you have questions, please contact the Secretary of State’s Elections Division at (916) 657-2166.

Frequently asked questions: 

Click here for answers to frequently asked questions regarding voter registration.