How to vote with a paper ballot

At the voting location, you can choose to vote on a paper ballot or tablet.

Mark your ballot

Fill in the bubble to the left of your choice.

Use only a blue or black ballpoint ink pen. Do not use red ink pens, Sharpies, markers or any other type of pen.

Do not sign your name on your ballot, write your initials, or write any other words or marks on your voted ballot.

To vote for a qualified write-in candidate, write their name on the blank line at the end of the list of candidates. Then fill in the bubble next to that name.

A list of qualified write-in candidates is available at the polling place on Election Day. The list is posted on our website at 13 days before the election

Check your ballot carefully

If you make a mistake, and you are voting from home, call us at 831-454-2060 or email us at and we will mail you a new ballot. If you are voting in person, ask a poll worker for a new ballot.

  • Don’t vote for too many.
  • Vote for the number allowed.
  • Always fill in the bubble on a write-in vote.

Return your voted ballot

Deposit your ballot into the ballot box. Your ballot will be scanned and counted at the Elections Office located at 701 Ocean Street, Room 310, in Santa Cruz.