Make Your Voice Heard By Nov. 3
You can have your say in the election for U.S. president, as well as contests for local, state and Congressional offices! Californians can vote by mail now – or in person, starting on Oct. 31, by visiting any Vote Center in Santa Clara County.
Make Sure You're Registered
It's easy to check online to see if you are registered to vote. If you missed the Oct. 19 deadline to register online, you can still register as a "conditional voter" by visiting your county election office or any official Vote Center in Santa Clara County.
Cast Your Ballot – It's Easy!
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 on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Postage is free! Be sure to seal, sign and date the return envelope.
- Drop your ballot in an official ballot Drop Box any time up to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3. (Remember to seal, sign and date the return envelope).
- Starting Oct. 31, bring your ballot or vote in person at a county Vote Center, any time up to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Under new rules, you don't need to vote in the precinct where you live. (Remember you must wear a mask and observe social distancing. Consider voting early to avoid any crowds on Election Day.)
Remember: Return your ballot early to avoid delays and help ensure safe voting.
NEW: Track Your Ballot
Sign up for alerts by text message, email or voice call to track the status of your ballot after you mail it or drop it off. Visit wheresmyballot.sos.ca.gov for details.
New Ways to Vote : Register Online and Vote By Mail!
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, all California voters have the option to vote by mail – or drop off their ballot in person.
Under the new system, your old polling place may not be open on Election Day. But you can find the nearest Vote Center or drop box by checking with the Registrar of Voters for your county. If you live in Santa Clara County, use these online tools.
Drop Your Ballot at De Anza
Campus is closed this fall but you can still drop off your Santa Clara County ballot in the official Ballot Drop Box at De Anza..
Look for the white Drop Box next to the light pole, in front of the Registration & Student Services (RSS) Building, facing Parking Lot A, off Stevens Creek Boulevard.
You'll need to enter from Stevens Creek Boulevard through the Mary Avenue entrance (across from the Shane Co.) and immediately turn right to enter Parking Lot A. Mary Avenue is the only entrance that is open.
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.
Check Out De Anza CivicsWatch
It's an online toolkit for civic engagement!
CivicsWatch has alerts about important issues, tools for tracking legislation and campaign contributions, links to independent watchdog groups, and tips on political organizing.
There's also a fact-checker page to help sort through conflicting claims and false statements by political figures – and another page with explanatory articles from reputable, credible news outlets.
Learn More About Candidates and Issues
- Visit the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters website for more information about how to vote on Nov. 3!
- Download the California Voting Guide for official information about candidates and ballot measures.
- You can learn more about voting by visiting the California Secretary of State’s Student Vote Project webpage.
Get the Voter's Edge – nonpartisan information about what's on your ballot – from MapLight and the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
Visit votolatino.org and find out
- If you are a Foothill-De Anza Community College District employee, please read this memo about political advocacy by employees.