Santa Cruz County is leasing a new voting system to replace the current system that was decertified by the Secretary of State. 

The new system will be in place for the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election. The new system is also paper-based, with the process of marking a ballot changing slightly to require filling in a bubble rather than marking a line to indicate a selection.

New accessible voting devices are similar to a large digital tablet, allowing voters to view their ballot and make selections. A paper ballot will be printed with the voter's selections, and include a QR code that will be read by the vote tabulation equipment. 

The system also includes a State-law mandated remote accessible vote-by-mail ballot for voters with disabilities, as well as military and overseas voters.

For more information, please contact the Santa Cruz County Clerk at 831-454-2060 or email

Paper ballots

Accessible system with paper record

Remote Accessible Vote by Mail Ballot for voters with disabilities or in the military or overseas


SOS decertification memo

News Release for first voting system demos

Flyer in English

Flyer in Spanish

If you would like us to visit your group to demonstrate the new voting equipment, please call us at 831-454-2060 and ask for Gail, Tricia or Helen, or email