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Go Bears, Go Vote! Voter Information: Cast your ballot

This guide is designed to help Cal students, staff, and faculty get registered to vote, find reliable information about ballot issues and candidates, and how to cast your ballot. Information sources on this guide are from official and non-partisan sources

California: Where's My Ballot

Track your Ballot

The California Secretary of State is now offering Where’s My Ballot?—a new way for voters to track and receive notifications on the status of their l ballot. Powered by BallotTrax, Where’s My Ballot?  lets voters know where their ballot is, and its status, every step of the way.

California Voter's Choice Act

California Voter's Choice Act Logo

Established by Senate Bill 450 (2016), the California Voter's Choice Act (VCA) modernizes elections in California by allowing counties to conduct elections under a model which provides greater flexibility and convenience for voters.

This election model allows voters to choose how, when, and where to cast their ballot by:

  • Mailing every voter a ballot
  • Expanding in-person early voting
  • Allowing voters to cast a ballot at any vote center within their county
  • Providing secure ballot drop off locations throughout the county 

The VCA gives you the following options to cast your ballot:

  • In Person, early voting or on election day
  • Ballot-drop off, early voting or on election day
  • Mail-in, use the postage paid envelope that came with your ballot, must be postmarked on or before Election 

California Vote In Person

Vote in Person 

(early voting or on Election Day)

If you are registered to vote in Alameda County:

UC Berkeley Vote Center

  • Dates: Saturday, Oct. 29 to Monday, Nov. 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Location: Anna Head Alumnae Hall, 2537 Haste Street, 

  • The accessible entrance is located on Haste Street near Bowditch.

Full list of Vote Centers in Alameda County

  • NOTE: Be sure to check the dates and times when the Vote Center is Open for in-person voting. Some vote centers are open 11 days or 4 days prior to Election Day.  

If you are registered to vote in another California County:

Check the California Secretary of State Early Voting, Vote-by-mail, Ballot Drop-off website locations in your county.

California Vote by Ballot Drop-off

Ballot Drop Boxes

(early voting or on Election Day)

If you are registered to Vote in Alameda County:

1. UC Berkeley Ballot Drop box is located between Sproul Hall and Sather Gate 

2. Find the Alameda County drop box closest to you.

California Vote by Mail

By Mail

(must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received no later than 7 days following the election)

Brief Video on How to Return your Ballot, including Vote-by-Mail

Know Your Voting Rights