Do You Want to Vote for President?

All voters can vote in a primary election.
Voting for President depends on the party you are registered with.

Registered with a Political Party

If you are registered with one of the qualified political parties in California:

  • Democratic
  • Republican
  • American Independent
  • Green
  • Libertarian
  • Peace & Freedom

You will get a ballot with the candidates running for President in that party.

Not registered with a Political Party

Request a ballot containing presidential nominees from one of the following parties:

  • Democratic
  • American Independent
  • Libertarian

Or vote a Nonpartisan ballot which does not contain the president contest.

Voting at your polling place?
Notify the precinct officials which ballot you wish to vote.

Always Vote by Mail?
If you always vote by mail, you were mailed a postcard in mid-November to select a party ballot before ballots are mailed on February 3. If you receive a ballot without the office of President and want to vote on that office, complete this Second Ballot Request Form and return it to our office:

  • By fax to (805) 681-4003
  • By email to votebymail2@co.santa-barbara.ca.us
  • By mail to the mailing address on the top of the form; or
  • In person to our main office (address on top of form) or one of our branch offices listed at the bottom of the form.

Applying to Vote by Mail?
If you would like to vote by mail you can do any of the following:

OR

If you want to vote in the Presidential primary for one of the following parties:

  • Republican
  • Green
  • Peace & Freedom

you must re-register to vote with that party.

These parties are not allowing voters registered with no party preference to vote in their primary.

It's best to re-register by the February 18 deadline. However, if you miss the deadline, you can still register and vote in person up to and including Election Day. Contact our office at the number below for more information.

To check your voter registration status, https://voterstatus.sos.ca.gov/
Register to vote online at registertovote.ca.gov or complete a voter registration card.
To contact our office, call 1-800-SBC-VOTE or 1-800-722-8683.