Santa Clara County residents will have more places and times for early voting this year than ever before.
Although voting by mail is an increasingly popular option in Santa Clara County, some people still enjoy the communal experience of casting their ballot at a polling place. But we all have busy lives, and sometimes it’s inconvenient to vote at our assigned place, or we’ll be out of town on election day and can’t possibly get there.
Whatever the reason may be, the County Registrar of Voters has got you covered. With the statewide primary coming up on June 5, officials are opening up seven more early voting centers all throughout the county to make things as easy as possible on voters. Early voting has been going since May 7 at the Registrar of Voters Office, 1553 Berger Drive, Building 2 in San Jose.
The additional early voting centers will open May 26 and will remain so every day until June 4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., except the Rinconada Library location, which closes at 5 p.m.
It’s not the first time the County has opened additional early voting centers. But it has been on a more limited basis in the past, registrar’s spokesman Eric Kurhi said. This year, it’s available 10 consecutive days during regular business hours, right through June 4.
“A lot of people don’t want to vote at their regular polling place — maybe they’d like to vote near work — and this gives them a lot more options,” he said. “It’s just one more thing we’re doing to encourage people to participate.”
Early voting center locations, hours:
Most early voting centers will be open every day from May 26 to June 4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Cambrian Branch Library – 1780 Hillsdale Ave., San Jose 95124
- Joyce Ellington Branch Library – 491 E. Empire St., San Jose 95112
- Milpitas Library – 160 N. Main St., Milpitas 95035
- Morgan Hill City Hall, Council Chamber – 17555 Peak Ave., Morgan Hill 95037
- Santa Clara City Central Park Library – 2635 Homestead Road, Santa Clara 95051
- Rinconada Library – 1213 Newell Road, Palo Alto 94303 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
- Willey Cultural Center – 140 Fifth St., Gilroy 95020
Ballot drop-off and vote-by-mail
Alternatively, voters can drop their voted ballots at any of the 50 Countywide ballot drop-off sites. They may also return their Vote by Mail ballots postage-free. For more information, click here.