The County of Santa Clara officially reached a record high of one million registered voters for the upcoming November 3 Presidential Election. This number reflects 83% of the total 1,204,687 eligible voters in Santa Clara County. It is a significant increase compared to July 2016, when we had 799,477 out of 1,188,753 (or 67% of eligible voters) registered to vote.
“Reaching one million registered voters is a milestone moment in diverse Santa Clara County,” said Supervisor Cindy Chavez, President of the County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors. “We can’t stop there. Now we must keep moving forward and do everything possible to make sure those million registered voters cast ballots to make their voices heard. Voting in Santa Clara County has never been easier with our 100 Vote Centers. Reach out to your families and neighbors to help them have their voices heard on November 3.”
Registrar of Voters Shannon Bushey called reaching the million-voter mark “a major milestone for Santa Clara County.”
“We’ve seen the percentage of registered voters climb higher and higher and that’s exciting for us here at the Registrar’s Office – it means more and more Santa Clara County residents are becoming active participants in our democracy and we are excited to welcome our new voters,” Bushey said. “This is a major milestone for Santa Clara County reaching nearly 83 percent of eligible voters.”
The last day to register to vote is October 19. Voters can register online at registertovote.ca.gov. Voters should re-register whenever they change their name or address. Any voter can also call (408) 299-VOTE to check on the status of their voter registration or go to voterstatus.sos.ca.gov if they have a driver’s license or social security number already on file.
All registered voters are mailed ballots with a free postage paid return envelope and will have an option to mail it in, return it at one of our 98 ballot drop-off boxes, one of the 100 vote centers throughout the county, or at the Registrar of Voters’ office.
Early in-person voting started this week at the Registrar of Voters’ Office located at 1555 Berger Drive, Bldg. 2, in San Jose. Vote Centers will be open October 31 – November 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. You can find the Vote Center and drop box locations that are nearest you.
Vote Centers will open on October 31. ROV and Vote Center staff will take extra steps to ensure that safety measures are followed at all locations. Vote Center layouts have been re-designed to allow for distancing between voting booths and machines. We have maximized one-way routes inside Vote Centers to allow for a seamless voting experience that adheres to social distancing protocols.
Health guideline posters will be placed inside and outside of the Vote Centers. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as disposable masks, gloves, and self-serve hand sanitizer will be provided for all voters. Vote Center workers will also be issued PPE, including face shields, disposable masks, disposable gloves, and disinfectant spray. Voters will use a stylus to operate the electronic voter sign in pollbook and touch screen voting machine, which will be sanitized after each use. Voter service areas and voting equipment will also be wiped down between voters. Finally, curbside voting will be available for voters who cannot leave their vehicle or comply with safety procedures.
With one million registered voters in Santa Clara County, it is becoming increasingly important to make sure everyone can vote safely. We encourage voters to vote from home.
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