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2018 Midterm Election: Register to Vote! / Voting at SCU

Register to Vote in California

Voter Registration and Election Deadlines Outside California


The California General Election is November 6, 2018. If you want to vote, the registration deadline is October 22, 2018.


California Voter Registration


Some of the items below will change as the elections near so check back occasionally to see the latest information.

Residency Requirements

According to the Brennan Center for Justice:

"Students can establish residency in California if they have a present intention to remain at their California school address for the time being, and they intend to make it their principal home. Any other interpretation of the residency laws is unconstitutional."

This site also contains other useful information such as voter ID guidelines (see below).

Requesting a Mail-In Ballot

  • California: To request a mail-in ballot, contact the county election office where you plan to vote.
  • Outside of California, check with your state’s election office(s)

Mailing in Your Absentee Ballot 

  • For Santa Clara County residents only, there is a mail box outside the court house on Homestead where you can drop off your mail-in ballot.
  • If you live outside Santa Clara County, you will need to mail in your ballot.

In-Person Voting (open to change)

  • The address of your polling place is on the back page of the sample ballot booklet that your county elections official mailed to you. If you do not have the booklet, contact your county elections office, or call the Secretary of State's toll-free voter hotline at (800) 345-VOTE (8683).
  • Santa Clara County: Find your polling place (search by your residential address)
  • Other California Counties: County Election Offices

Voter ID

  • If you are voting for the first time, it is suggested that you bring an ID with you in case there are any questions regarding your registration. If you registered online, the polling workers might need to validate your identification. If you have voted before, no ID should be necessary.
  • State laws vary. If you are not from California, check the guidelines. Some states accept a student ID; others do not.


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