Political Engagement

Volunteer Opportunities

Protect the Vote invites you to volunteer to actively shape our democracy as a non-partisan Election Protection Volunteer. For more information and to sign up visit Protect the Vote

Student Organizing and Activist Retreat (SOAR) invites you to learn how to plan an issue campaign, best organizing practices, action steps, media tips, and more. SOAR provides students the resources and tools to become better activists and advocates. For more information and to sign up visit Common Cause

Voter Resources

Register to vote
There is still time to register to vote for the Nov. 3 election. California residents can register online. Your registration must be postmarked or submitted electronically no later than Oct. 19. 

The University of California has developed a website to help students register to vote for the first time or to re-register with their current address. 

Double-check your registration
If you’re already registered to vote, take two minutes to double-check your registration online through California’s voter-status website. Anything incorrect can be corrected online. 

Track your ballot
Vote-by-mail ballots will be issued Oct. 5, so it’s well worth registering as soon as possible so you can receive your ballot early. The California Secretary of State is also offering a new way for voters to track and receive notifications on the status of their mail-in ballot through the Where’s My Ballot? website. 

Cast your ballot
While polls will be open for in-person voting, many people may choose to vote by mail this year. Those ballots can be dropped off at any polling station on Election Day or at designated ballot drop-off locations prior to Election Day. If you are not voting in Santa Cruz County, check your local county for more information.

UC Santa Cruz will again have a polling location on campus at the Merrill Cultural Center. The polling station will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov 2-3 for in-person voting and ballot drop-off. There is also an official ballot drop-off box located in front of the Bay Tree Bookstore. The campus is also providing election and voting information online