November 3, 2020 - Presidential General Election

Important Dates and Information

Election Day
Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Candidate Filing Period (Declaration of Candidacy and Nomination Paper Period)
July 13, 2020 – August 7, 2020
Write-in Candidate Filing Period
September 7, 2020 – October 20, 2020
First Day Ballots will be Mailed
Monday, October 5, 2020
Close of Registration
Monday, October 19, 2020
Conditional Voter Registration
October 20, 2020 – November 3, 2020

Conditional Voter Registration Locations

Santa Barbara - 4440-A Calle Real
Santa Maria - 511 E. Lakeside Parkway
Lompoc - 401 E. Cypress St.

Ballot Drop Box Locations

Santa Barbara - 4440-A Calle Real
Santa Maria - 511 E. Lakeside Parkway
Lompoc - 100 Civic Center Plaza

Local Measures

Candidate Filing

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the County of Santa Barbara Elections Division has implemented a modified candidate filing process for the November 3, 2020, General Election, to provide limited contact options.  This includes the launch of a new online candidate filing application and candidate filing portal that allows prospective School and Special District candidates to apply to file as a candidate, and be issued their candidate filing forms electronically from home.

In-person candidate registration, candidate filing form pick-up, and candidate filing appointments will also be available at the Santa Barbara Elections Division Main Office and Santa Maria Elections Division Branch Office, by scheduled appointment only.  Prospective candidates who walk into the Elections Division Office without an appointment may be turned away and asked to contact the Elections Division to receive their documents electronically or to schedule a pick-up appointment. 

Questions? Please contact the County of Santa Barbara Elections office by email at or by phone at 805-696-8957