Election 2021: Your Vision, Your Decision


What You Need to Know to Cast a Ballot in the Recall Election

Voters in Santa Clara County have numerous options to cast a ballot in the Sept. 14 Gubernatorial Recall Election, and can choose among them right now. All registered voters who registered before the Aug. 30 deadline were sent a ballot in the mail, with a postage-paid return envelope. The ballot can be returned through the mail, at any official ballot drop-box location or at any Vote Center.  

Graphic showing voting choices in Gubernatorial Recall Election: What's on the Ballot? The California Gubernatorial Recall Election ballot will have two separate contests. Your vote on one won't impact the other! Question One: Do you want to recall the governor? Your Options: Yes No Or Skip this contest. Question Two: If the governor is recalled, who do you want to replace him? You may vote for 1 of 46 candidates. Accompanying graphic shows bubbles on how to make selections.

The opening of the Vote Centers offer a traditional voting method for people who prefer to vote at the polls, as well as a host of additional services for those who may need assistance voting. The Vote Centers are aligned with the Voter’s Choice Act model adopted by the County that offers voters more options on how, when, and where they cast a ballot.

Nineteen (19) Vote Centers will be open for 11 days beginning September 4 through September 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., an additional seventeen (17) Vote Centers will be open for 4 days beginning September 11 through September 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. All Vote Centers will be open Tuesday, September 14 Election Day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Vote Centers are essentially universal polling places with additional services. Voters can vote in person, drop off a Vote by Mail ballot, get a replacement ballot, update their address, register or conditionally register to vote, use a touchscreen voting machine with accessibility features, and receive language assistance. Any Santa Clara County voter can go to any Vote Center in the County. The most current list of Vote Center and official drop box locations can be found at sccvote.org.

Voters who cannot make it to a Vote Center but still need to obtain a new or replacement ballot can use the Remote Accessible Vote by Mail System. More information on RAVBM is available here.

Santa Clara County residents who missed the August 30 deadline for voter registration, can still register to vote with Conditional Voter Registration (CVR) which is offered at the Registrar of Voters Office, 1555 Berger Dr., Bldg. 2 in San Jose, from August 31 through September 13 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and September 14 Election Day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., or at one of the Vote Centers from September 4 to September 14. To find the nearest Vote Center, use the following website: Vote Center locations. CVR requires a voter to register and vote in person on a CVR provisional ballot.

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