Voting 2020!

Voting 2020!


Women's March 2018

The 2020 Presidential Election

Vote by Mail

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, every registered voter in California will receive a ballot in the
mail for the upcoming election.
If you are not already registered to vote by mail you DO NOT need to complete an application to
receive your ballot by mail, it will automatically be sent.
For more information on special circumstances surrounding this Election, please visit our Vote Safely Santa Barbara County page.  

What does this mean for you?
1. 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
2. There will be ballot drop boxes located throughout the County to safely return your ballot
directly to the Registrar of Voters.
3. If you choose to vote in person, polling places will be open for four days, from Oct. 31
through Election Day, Nov. 3.  

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

How to Track Your Ballot!
You can track your ballot from the time we mail it to you to the time you receive it.
To track your ballot from the time it is issued, sign up and use Where's My Ballot? 

If you decide to vote in-person, don't be surprised, lines may be long.

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.

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.
Older adults and people with underlying medical conditions are encouraged to avoid long
lines and crowded polling places by voting early and to vote by mail.

Register to Vote

See for information on voter registration.

By Election Day, a Qualified Voter must be:

*In California, individuals convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote while incarcerated and on parole. Voting rights are automatically restored upon completion of parole, and people on probation can vote. Ex-offenders should re-register to vote.

You can Register Online!

Go to Califoria's official Online Voter Registration page to learn more and to register.

You can Register via Paper Form

Where Registration Forms are Available:
  • In Santa Barbara:
Elections Office
4440-A Calle Real
Santa Barbara, CA
(805) 568-2200 FAX: (805) 568-2209
  • County Elections offices in North County and further information: see
  • post offices
  • libraries
  • most government offices
  • DMV and other public buildings
  • some banks
  • some savings and loan associations
  • League of Women Voters office by appointment only, (805) 965-2422

You Must Re-Register if You:

  • Have moved since you registered
  • Changed your name
  • Wish to change party affiliation

If You Have Just Moved:

Registration closes 15 days before each election. If you have moved anywhere in the state within 15 days of any election and are validly registered at your previous address, you may vote by returning to your former precinct or by Vote-by-Mail (absentee) ballot.

The Election Calendar

PRIMARY ELECTIONS: even numbered years. Choose party nominees (national and state) and elect nonpartisan officials (state and county). You need to be a member of the party to choose a party's nominees.

GENERAL: November, even numbered years. Elect national and state officials; hold run-off elections, if needed, for nonpartisan offices.

CITY: Most Cities: November, even numbered years. Santa Barbara: November, odd numbered years. Elect city officials. SCHOOL: All school districts: November, even numbered years. Elect school district officials.

SPECIAL DISTRICTS: November, odd numbered years (some exceptions). Elect members of special district boards.

SPECIAL ELECTIONS: Fill vacancy, recall, decide on bond issues or ballot measure.

BALLOT MEASURES: May be included in any election

WHEN TO VOTE: Well before election day, November, 3, 2020 (that is the last day you can vote).   To vote at your polling station , according to law, you may, by arrangement with your employer, take up to 2 hours off from work to vote at the beginning or end of your shift without loss of pay.

VOTING BY MAIL (SEE ABOVE): All registered voters will receive a vote by mail (VBM) ballot in their mail.  VOTE EARLY! You may mail in your "VBM" ballot, bring it in to a County Elections office, or bring it to the polls. More information here on the procedure, deadlines, and special situations.

Voter Registration Drives

Anyone distributing voter registration cards in California should be familiar with the rules and regulations for conducting voter registration drives.

We hold registration drives thoughtout the year as well as register voters at our events. Contact us if you would like to help register voters: VoterServ [at]

LWVSB Voter Registration Drive

LWVSB member Bill Marks registering Carpinteria High School seniors


It's Time to Sign up, Get Ready, and Vote!

Don't be a non-voter!





You may register to vote if:

  1. You are a citizen of the United States
  2. You are a resident of California
  3. You are not in prison, on parole, serving a state prison sentence in county jail, serving a sentence for a felony pursuant to subdivision (h) of Penal Code section 1170, or on post release community supervision
  4. You will be at least 18 years of age at the time of the next election
  5. You have not been judged by a court to be mentally incompetent to register and vote

Register to vote online here

Pre-Registration for 16- and 17-Year-Olds

If you are under 18, you can pre-register to vote if you meet the following qualifications:

  1. You are a citizen of the United States
  2. You are a resident of California
  3. You are not in prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony
  4. You are at least 16 years of age

When to Update your Voter Registration

  1. If you have moved
  2. If you have changed your name
  3. If you wish to change your political party preference
  4. If your signature has changed

How to Check Your Voter Registration Status

Check the accuracy of your Voter Registration Information here:

Register to vote! TO CHECK YOUR CURRENT voter registration, go online to:

REGISTER AGAIN IF you have moved, or if you have changed your name. You can go to to register online. Also Pre-Register at 16-17 and then Vote at 18.

If you are already registered, great!  Would you please help us Get Out the Vote???!!!

Here is how to help:  email VoterService [at] and ask Revae Moran, our Voter Service Director for specific projects that you can help with.  

As EnviroVote project students at SB High School said about voting,

Research Your Choice, Find Your Voice!