UCSF Votes

Mask Your Face, Not Your Voice. VOTE.

UCSF is committed to encouraging civic participation throughout our campus and community. The 2021 California Gubernatorial Recall Election is unique but the reasons for voting remain true: voting is how you make your voice count.

Voter Registration Deadline: August 30, 2021
Election Day: September 14, 2021

In mid-August, County election offices mailed ballots to all  registered California voters. If you did not receive your ballot, please check that your voter registration is accurate by August 30.

Complete, sign and send in your vote-by-mail ballot to make sure your voice is counted. Voters will also have access to secure ballot drop-off boxes and traditional in-person voting. Please check with your County’s Department of Elections for in-person voting options and COVID-19 prevention measures such as wearing a mask and social distancing.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What's on the ballot?
The recall ballot will ask two questions: 1) do you want to recall Governor Newsom? and 2) If the governor is recalled, who do you want to replace him? If 50% or more vote NO, the governor would remain in office. If more than 50% vote YES, the governor would be removed from office and the person with the most votes would replace him. For more information about the upcoming election, please visit the California Secretary of State’s website.

How are the votes tallied?
Votes in the first and second questions are tallied independently. If there are more YES votes than NO votes in the first part of the contest, then the candidate who received most votes in the second part will be elected as governor.

How do I receive a mailed ballot? 
Check your voter registration and mailing address are up to date so you can receive a mailed ballot by the Voter Registration Deadline: August 30. Check your voter registration here 

Can I vote in person? 
Check in with your County's Department of Elections for more information on in-person voting and secure ballot drop-off locations. You can find your polling location here 

Can UCSF employees engage in political activities?
As a 501(c)(3) and a state entity, there are legal restrictions on the types of political activities UCSF employees can engage in on behalf of UCSF. You can find more information about guidelines for political activities at UCSF by watching this short video


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Growing Young Voters

Providers and young leaders are teaming up to promote the health habit of voting among pediatric patients through the VOICE Project.

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