Are You Ready to Vote?
California will hold its Presidential Primary Election on March 3, 2020. If you're a registered voter, this is your chance to help choose the presidential nominee for your political party. You can also vote for candidates seeking local, state and federal offices, and have your say on local and state ballot questions.
But this year is different from previous California elections, in two important ways.
- The primary is being held much earlier in the year – in March, instead of June – to give Californians a bigger say in the nationwide nominating process.
- Under new voting rules, if you live in Santa Clara County or several other California jurisdictions, you can vote by mail as soon as you receive your ballot, or any time up to 8 p.m. on Election Day.
Important Dates and Deadlines
- Feb. 3
First day to vote by mail
- Feb. 18
Last day to register online
- March 3
Election Day: Voting closes at 8 p.m.
New Ways to Vote This Year!
- You don't have to wait until Election Day
- Look for the Drop Box in the Main Quad
If you're registered to vote in Santa Clara County, San Mateo County or 14 other counties in the state, you should receive a ballot in the mail by early February. You'll then have three ways to vote:
- Mail in your ballot as soon as you fill it out – but no later than Election Day. (Postage is free.)
- Drop off your ballot at a county drop box – as soon as you fill it out, but no later than Election Day. Look for the De Anza Drop Box on the Main Quad, by the lightpole in front of the Administration Building
- Visit any Vote Center in your county
- You no longer have to vote in the precinct where you live.
- Vote Centers will be open starting Feb. 29. Some will open starting Feb. 22
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
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
You can check online to make sure you're registered. If you aren't, the deadline to register online is Feb. 18. After that, you can still register to vote with a conditional ballot by visiting your county Registrar of Voters or any Vote Center. For Santa Clara County, the Registrar of Voters office is in San José.
De Anza is committed to encouraging all who are eligible to participate in local, state and national elections.
- If you are a Foothill-De Anza Community College District employee, please read this memo about political advocacy by employees.