Under state law, recall elections provide a way for the public to attempt to remove elected
officials from office before the end of their term. A recall election must be held
when a certain number of voters sign a petition that meets certain standards set by
You may register online or by mailing a completed Voter Registration Form to your local elections office.
Forms are available at public libraries, city and county offices, Department of Motor
Vehicles offices and U.S. Post Offices or call the office of the California Secretary of State at 800.345.VOTE (8683) to have a form mailed to you.
Under rules adopted because of the coronavirus pandemic, all California voters will
be able to vote by mail in this election. Election officials will be sending a mailable
ballot to all registered voters, beginning Aug. 16.
You'll then have three ways to vote:
Mail in your ballot as soon as you fill it out – but no later than Election Day. (Postage is free.)
Drop off your ballot at a county drop box, as soon as you fill it out – but no later than 8 p.m. on Sept. 14
Visit any Vote Center in your county
You no longer have to vote in the precinct where you live.
Under the new system, 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
If you are registered and you don't receive your ballot in the mail, visit the nearest Vote Center or call your county Registrar of Voters. The number for Santa Clara County is 408.299-VOTE
(8683) or you can call toll-free: 866.430.VOTE (8683).
Under the new system, your old polling place may not be open this year. But you can
visit any Vote Center in your county. These will be open on Election Day, Sept. 14, from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
(Some may be open over the weekend before Sept. 14.)
If you didn't receive a bilingual ballot in the mail, you can visit any Vote Center in your county or call your county Registrar of Voters. The number for Santa Clara County is 408.299-VOTE (8683) or you can call toll-free: