The UCSC Campus Elections Spring 2020 will be conducted via the world wide web at http://elections.ucsc.edu.

Votes will be accepted electronically between May 11 and 20, 2020. Arrangements for access for people with disabilities must be made by contacting the Elections Commissioner, Brian Arao, before May 8, 2020.

In order to vote, students will need to enter their Gold ID and Gold Password. If you do not have that information, check with the Office of the Registrar, (831) 459-4412.

Only currently registered (Spring 2020, based on third week records) undergraduate and graduate students of UCSC are eligible to vote.

Votes may be cast from any computer with internet access.

Screening of voters, casting of votes, storing of votes, and determination of results will all occur electronically. Voter anonymity is built into this process. Every attempt has been made to ensure the security of all data. Any attempts at voter fraud will be handled as defined by campus policies. Fraudulent votes will be eliminated from elections results and will not count toward the minimum voting pool as required for each measure.

Ranked choice voting (RCV) will be used this year for the SUA officer elections. In RCV, voters will select their first choice candidate for any given position (including a write-in candidate) and may also rank as many of the remaining candidates as they wish in their order of choice. If a candidate receives more than 50% of the first choice votes, they win the race outright. If no candidate receives more than 50% of the vote, an instant runoff will occur, wherein the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated and voters who picked that candidate as their first choice will have their votes count for their second choice. This process continues until one candidate receives more than 50% of the vote.

Results of the fee referenda portion of the election will be available in June 2020. Results of the Student Union Assembly Officer elections and constitutional amendment, the Graduate Student Association Officer elections, and the opinion poll will be available in late May 2020. 

Individuals who wish to challenge the election process or validity of the election results may file a written complaint with the Vice Provost for Student Success. A complaint must include a detailed explanation of the specific action or section of the election policy being grieved, or alleged to have been violated, and the remedy requested. The time limit for filing a complaint shall expire thirty (30) working days after the election results are announced.