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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.

COVID-19 Updates

Please be aware, that the Santa Barbara County Elections office has made significant changes to our in-person voting program due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Santa Barbara County Registrar of Voters is committed to ensuring that voters can exercise their right to vote in a safe, secure and accessible manner during the 2020 Presidential General Election. 

All actively registered voters will receive a ballot by mail this election. However, we know that there are circumstances where a voter will need to vote in-person. We will have updated our polling place procedures to ensure voters can vote safely and efficiently in person.

Finding your Polling Place Location

Lookup Tool

You can use our Polling Place and County Information Guide Lookup to find your correct polling place by clicking the button below:

Polling Place and County Voter Information Guide Lookup

County Voter Information Guide

All voters will receive a 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

To see a list of Polling Places for the current Election, Please click HERE.

Polling Place Hours

All polling places will be open for four days from Saturday, October 31st through Tuesday, November 3rd. The dates and times are listed below:

Day/Date                     Hours of Operation
Saturday, October 31st   9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday, November 1st   9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Monday, November 2nd   9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Election Day - Tuesday, November 3rd   7:00 AM – 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. Any voter who goes to a polling place they are not assigned to will have two options:

  1. To receive your proper ballot, you may vote using our ICX ballot marking device.
  2. You may 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. Voter waits to Enter Polling Places

    Due to COVID-19 safety provisions, we will have a maximum occupancy at each polling place. The polling place staff will monitor the room occupancy and let voters in when it is safe to enter.

    If voters arrive with their completed Vote by Mail ballot, they will be able to drop off their ballot without entering the polling place at our outside ballot reception station. 

  2. Check-In

    Voters will be directed to a check-in station by a support staff member. At the check-in station, the staff will ask the voter to state their name and residence address. The voter will provide their name and address and the staff will verify the voter's information. They will have the voter sign in their roster book.

    Voters are not required to show identification unless it is their first 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.

    IMPORTANT: If the voter's information does not match the information on file, they will be asked to update their information. 

  3. Staff Issues the Ballot

    Staff will issue the voter the correct ballot. They will also receive a pen to mark their choices and a ballot stub which the voter may keep as a receipt.

  4. 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 or use a ballpoint pen they have brought with them to fill in the ovals completely.                         
    Poll workers will prepare the vote booths before the voter votes by placing a sanitary covering over the vote booth. The voter may use this sanitary covering to cover the choices they marked on their ballot as they take it to deposit it in the ballot box.

  5. 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 sanitary cover to hide their choices. The voter will discard the sanitary covering in the provided recycling bin.

Tips

  • Bring your face mask and plan to maintain social distance

    The Registrar of Voters is adhering to the County's public health orders and will make reasonable accommodations when needed to ensure the health and safety of all election workers, voters and observers to our office and polling places. Masks will be available for voters who do not have one.

  • Bring your own Pen and your completed Sample Ballot contained in your 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. We recommend bringing your own ballpoint pen to use while voting.

  • 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. 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.