Remember to Vote!

The 2021 California Special Election is Sept. 14

Missed the Deadline to Register? You Can Still Vote

If you didn't register to vote by the Aug. 30 deadline, you can still cast your ballot as a "conditional voter" by visiting your county election office or any official Vote Center in Santa Clara County. (If you were registered before, check your status at

Californians can begin voting as early as Aug. 16 in the statewide gubernatorial recall election.

  • What's a recall election? Visit the California Secretary of State's website to read an FAQ about recalls, including details about the upcoming election. 
  • You can also download the official Voter Information Guide.

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

  • Check registration if you live in Santa Clara County – click the link in the upper left to "Look Up Voter Registration"
  • Check registration if you live in other counties 

Register Online – If You Aren't Already

If you aren't registered

Remember to Cast Your Ballot!

If you are registered to vote in California, you should receive your ballot in the mail. County officials will begin mailing out ballots during the week of Aug. 16.

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, Sept. 14. Postage is free!
  • Drop your ballot in an official ballot Drop Box any time up to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 14. You can use the Drop Box on the De Anza campus that is accessible from Parking Lot A, near the front of the Registration and Student Services (RSS) Building. 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 on Saturday, Sept. 4 in Santa Clara County. (Vote Centers will close at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 14.) 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 for details. 

New Ways to Vote : Register Online and Vote By Mail!

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 drop box by checking with the Registrar of Voters for your county. If you live in Santa Clara County, use these online tools.

Voter Updates

Drop Your Ballot at De Anza 

drop box outside RSS

Campus is closed with some exceptions, but you can still drop off your Santa Clara County ballot in the official Ballot Drop Box at De Anza, beginning the week of Aug. 16. 

Look for the white Drop Box next to the light pole, in front of the Registration & Student Services (RSS) Building, facing Staff/Student Lot A. (See the campus map.)

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 Staff/Student Lot A. Mary Avenue is the only entrance that is open. 

If You Don't Receive Your Ballot

Your vote is your voice. Be heard.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.

  • If you are a Foothill-De Anza Community College District employee, please read this memo about political advocacy by employees.
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