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Voting at the Polls

Most voters have the option to vote at a polling place or by mail. There are certain areas throughout the county that do not have a polling place location. Voters who live in these areas are required to vote by mail.

Finding your Polling Place Location

Lookup Tool

You can use our Polling Place and County Information Guide Lookup to find your correct polling place.

Polling Place and County Voter Information Guide Lookup

County Voter Information Guide

Unless they have selected to not receive one, all voters will receive a County Voter Information Guide prior to each election by mail. This guide will have information specific to the upcoming election as well as the voter's polling place location and whether or not the facility is accessible on the back cover.

For more information on what is included in the County Voter Information Guide click the button below.

More information on the County Voter Information Guide

Polling Place Hours

On Election Day, all polling place locations are open from 7:00 am until 8:00 pm.

Unable to Vote at Polling Place

If you are unable to get to your assigned polling place location on Election Day, it is best to go to one of our three office locations to make sure you receive the correct ballot. You can vote provisionally at any polling place location, but they may not have your correct ballot with all of the contests you are eligible to vote.

You can get a ballot at any of our three office locations beginning 29 days before an election through 8:00 pm on Election Day. Please note, our north county branch offices in Santa Maria and Lompoc have seasonal hours. Please visit the Contact Us page for more information.

Process

Voting at a polling place is a simple process:

  1. Greeter Directs Voter to Correct Table

    Most polling places have a staff member at the door who will direct voters to the correct table. They can find the table information on the back of the voter's County Voter Information Guide or can look up the voter by last name.

  2. Sign the Roster

    At the table, the staff will ask the voter for their name and residence address. The voter will provide their name and address and the staff will find their information in the roster book. The staff will verify the voter's information and the voter will sign.

  3. Voters are not required to show identifcation unless it is their frst time voting in a Federal election and they did not provide their Driver's License number or the last four digits of their Social Security Number on their Registration Card. This is a rare occurrence and there will be a notation in the Official Roster.

    IMPORTANT: If the voter's information does not match the information printed in the roster book, they will be asked to vote the provisional process. They will fill in their information on an envelope and their ballot will go in the envelope so their information can be verified and updated before their ballot is cast.

  4. Staff Issues Ballot

    Staff at the table will issue the voter the correct ballot along with a sleeve that can be used to hide the voter's choices when they are depositing their ballot in the ballot box. They will also receive a pen to mark their choices and a ballot stub which the voter may keep as a receipt.

  5. Voter Votes the Ballot

    The voter will be directed to the voting booths where they can fill in their choices. Voters should use the pens given to them to fill in the ovals completely.
    If all voting booths are occupied, the voter has the option to wait for an available booth or they can use any surface to mark their ballot.

  6. Deposit Ballot in Ballot Box

    Once they are finished, the voter will then take their ballot to the staff working at the ballot box. They have the option to deposit their ballot into the box or the staff can deposit it for them. Again, the voter can use the sleeve to hide their choices.

Tips

  • Bring County Voter Information Guide

    The County Voter Information Guide has a sample ballot inside that can be pre-marked by the voter at home and then brought to the polling place. The voter can then use the sample when marking their official ballot.

  • Busy Times

    Polling Places are typically busier before 9:00 am and after 5:00 pm.

  • Language Assistance

    Most of the polling places throughout the county will have English and Spanish bilingual staff to assist voters. Language assistance by phone for most languages is also available at all polling places in the county.
    For more information, please visit our Language Assistance page.

  • Polling Place Accessibility

    Voters can find out whether or not their polling place is accessible by checking the back cover of the County Voter Information Guide or by contacting our office at (800) SBC-VOTE or (800) 722-8683.

  • Curbside Voting

    Curbside Voting is available at all polling place locations for voters with disabilities. This allows the voter to remain in their vehicle and the pollworkers bring the necessary materials to them. Please visit the Voter Assistance page for more information.