Vote Safely, Santa Barbara County!
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.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, every registered voter in California will receive a ballot in the mail for the upcoming election.
Mail-in ballots give voters the option to vote from the safety of their homes.
What does this mean for you?
- All active registered voters in California will receive a ballot in the mail. Nearly 75% of the county's registered voters are already signed up to permanently receive their ballot by mail. This means the Santa Barbara County Registrar of Voters is well positioned to manage this increase.
- There will be ballot drop boxes located throughout the county to safely return your ballot directly to the Registrar of Voters.
- If you need to vote in-person, polling places will be open for four days, Oct. 31 through Election Day on Nov. 3.
What do you need to do?
Be Vote Ready!
- Look for the green Registered Address Verification Card mailed to you by our office on July 21. Use this card to update your address information if needed. This card can also be used to apply for a
Remote Accessible Vote By Mail Ballot.
- Check your voter registration status. Make sure your residence and, if different, your mailing address are up to date.
- Have you moved or changed your name? Whether you are new to Santa Barbara County or just moved down the street you need to re-register to vote
- Are you a first-time voter? Register to Vote – it takes less than 2 minutes!
Vote Safely Santa Barbara County!
We urge you to vote safely at home and we are making it easy for you. Ballots will start going out in the mail nearly a month before Election Day, giving you plenty of time to mark your ballot and return by mail or in one of the County's ballot drop boxes.
Voting by mail is:SIMPLE. A mail-in ballot, instructions and "I Voted" sticker will be mailed to all registered voters starting Oct. 5.
SAFER. Make voting decisions and mark your ballot comfortably at home.
SECURE. Seal your completed ballot in your postage paid envelope. Be sure to sign it, date it and return it by mail or ballot drop box promptly so it is received well before Election Day. Your signature is required for your ballot to count! Sign your name like it appears on your driver's license or ID card.
How to Track Your Ballot!
You can track your ballot from the time we mail it to you to the time you receive it.
Will there be polling places?
YES. Polling places will be open for four days. There will be fewer locations than in prior elections, so your polling place has most likely changed.
If you need to vote in person, we urge you to take advantage of early voting:
- At the
Registrar's office beginning Oct. 5, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- The Registrar's office will also be open Saturday, Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- At your assigned polling place
- Saturday, Oct. 31 through Sunday, Nov. 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Monday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m to 6 p.m.
- All will again be open on Election Day, Nov. 3, when the voting hours change to 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
If you decide to vote in-person,
don't be surprised, lines may be long.
Make sure you go to your assigned polling place. You can find your assigned polling place on the back of your Voter Information Guide or you can look it up online.
Be prepared. Mark your selections on your sample ballot included in your Voter Information Guide in advance so you can quickly fill in the official ballot in the voting booth.
We especially encourage older adults and people with underlying medical conditions to avoid long lines and crowded polling places by voting early.
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.
What Else Can You Do To Help?
Are you feeling sick? Vote Safely! If you are feeling sick or were recently exposed to someone that tested positive for COVID-19, please remember to consider the health and safety of others by limited your exposure to our poll workers and other voters. Use the mail-in ballot sent to you to cast your vote.
Promote Democracy: Serve as a Poll Worker. The Registrar of Voters is looking for reliable, dedicated poll workers to provide a safe and accessible in-person voting experience. If you meet the eligibility requirements and you are available to work October 31-November 3, apply here:
Are you a returning Poll Worker? If you have worked in a previous election in our County, the process has changed significantly for this election, our traditional roles no longer exist. Now as a poll worker, you will be trained on social distancing measures to oversee the safe operation of the polling place location, directing voters through the voting process to limit the number of voters permitted into the voting area, sanitizing of the voting room and equipment, assisting voters in the use of the voting equipment, and accepting voted ballots. We greatly appreciate the service you have provided, and hope you will be able to continue to assist us!
Learn more about the 2020 Presidential General Election.
- Governor's Executive Order N-64-20, All Voters will be mailed a vote-by-mail ballot
- Governor's Executive Order N-67-20, Ballot Tracking and Polling Locations
- General Election: Election Administration Guidance under COVID-19 (PDF)