VOTING -- What you Need to Know
The Recent Election
The most recent election was the Presidential Election on November 3, 2020. Find full information about voting in Santa Clara County. The next local election will be Nov. 2, 2021.
Register to Vote
Are you already registered to vote at your current address?
Check your Registration.
(Re)Register to Vote Online. The deadline to register or re-register
to vote is 15 days before an election.
If you have moved, you should re-register. Young people who are 16 or 17
may pre-register to vote.
If you are not registered, you can still vote on Election Day by going
to a Vote Center and submitting a conditional ballot.
Prepare to Vote
You may also want to check LWV recommendations on some ballot
Mark your Ballot
Every registered voter is mailed a ballot starting about one month before the election..
Carefully mark the ballot and be sure you sign with the signature you used to register or the signature on your CA drivers license. You need not vote on everything.
You have several options to get your ballot to the Registrar of Voters:
Mail it. It must be postmarked on or before Election Day.
Find a drop box and deposit your ballot in its envelope starting Oct. 7.
Go to a Vote Center. You may deposit your mail ballot or vote or change your registration starting four days before election day.
Track Your Ballot
Track your mail-in ballot. You can ask for an email, text, or phone call when your ballot status changes. Has your ballot been mailed to you? Has it been received? Did your vote get counted? If not, you may have a chance to fix the problem. Or you may track your ballot directly with the Santa Clara County ROV.
Go to Voter's Edge California to find your complete ballot for elections with nonpartisan information about candidates, ballot measures including local measures, and your polling place. You will save time by using Voter's Edge where you will find consolidated and well organized
online information. You can also see the results of previous elections.
If you have any concerns about your registration or voting, please contact the Registrar of Voters at 1-866-430-VOTE (8683).
More about Voting
Do you want to help us register people to vote? Especially several months before an election, we have voter registration projects.
League of Women Voters of California provides information about how to register, deadlines, requirements, political parties, registration drives, living overseas, and much more.
Do you want current ballot information? Do you have questions about the propositions or who is running for office? Check the handy League What's on the Ballot page to find the answers to all your questions.