Ballots Mailed, Voter Guides to Arrive this Week

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Source: Santa Barbara County Elections Division

Registered voters in Santa Barbara County started receiving their mailed ballots yesterday (September 29) ahead of the county Voter Information Guide, not to be confused with the California State Voter Information Guide that started arriving last week.

Monday afternoon (Sept. 28), ballots were delivered to the local United States Postal Service (USPS) to ensure voters received their ballot with ample time to vote and return prior to Election Day. In less than 24 hours, ballots started arriving in voter mailboxes today due to the great service provided by our local USPS staff.

County Elections is mailing the County Voter Information Guide to voters beginning Thursday, October 1. However, voters may view the County Voter Information Guide and State Voter Information Guide online now or choose to wait for and review the printed guides to arrive before voting their ballot.

In 2019, the California State Legislature passed AB 49, the California Voter Protection Act that changed the requirement for the timeframe for county election officials to mail ballots from “beginning 29 days before the day of the election” to “no later than 29 days before an election” and also requires officials complete any vote-by-mail mailing within five days.

  • Voter Information Guides are required to be prepared by at least 29 days before the election, or October 5 in this case.
  • Voter Information Guides are required to be mailed to any voter registered as of October 5 by the 10th day before the election.
  • County Elections will continue to mail ballots throughout the voting period up to seven days before the election for new registrants or to voters needing a replacement ballot.

The Santa Barbara County Registrar of Voters Office wants to help make the voting process as easy as possible. For questions or assistance, please go to www.SBCvote.com or call (805) 568-2200.

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a-1601510491 Sep 30, 2020 05:01 PM
Ballots Mailed, Voter Guides to Arrive this Week

Where are the official candidate and proposition statements that always get mailed with the ballots? How can anyone be an informed voter if they can't evaluate the candidates own words, that the candidates paid to be included with the mailed ballots? Sure you can read candidate marketing hype, but let's look at their offcially recorded statements, that become part of the permanent public record for this election. What happened?

jimbo212 Sep 30, 2020 06:05 PM
Ballots Mailed, Voter Guides to Arrive this Week

“ County Elections is mailing the County Voter Information Guide to voters beginning Thursday, October 1” There are links to the voter guides linked above

a-1601526291 Sep 30, 2020 09:24 PM
Ballots Mailed, Voter Guides to Arrive this Week

6:05 - they don't ask us to vote online, so they should not be demanding we now must research the issues and candidates online when, they paid upfront to have printed information in voters hand. Why charge the candidates anything, if the county is just going to put this info online and expect voters to access it this way - for pennies, not hundreds of dollars the candidates had to pay for the printed material that was never sent along with the ballots. This was a very unfortunate fail on county elections part. Insulting really to say, go read it online but thanks for giving us the money to print and distribute hard copy materials that did not get to voters in a timely manner. Give the candidates their money back.

lovesbalot Sep 30, 2020 05:06 PM
Ballots Mailed, Voter Guides to Arrive this Week

The problem is that according to the California official Voter Information Guide, October 5th is the date that Counties will begin mailing vote-by mail ballots.
Why is this a problem?
The issue is Joseph Holland had printed and released ballots that were mailed out on 9/28 to Santa Barbara County which includes Santa Maria and they have received their official Ballot to vote a full week before the October 5th release date .

Registered voters however have not received the voter information and candidates statements that Santa Barbara County Candidates have paid thousands of dollars to the Santa Barbara County Elections Office to print and send to voters before release of voting ballots. This leaves Voters with ballots in their hands with no information about candidates or their positions. This clearly favors any incumbents as most people without information just vote the incumbent or leave it blank.

lovesbalot Sep 30, 2020 06:22 PM
Ballots Mailed, Voter Guides to Arrive this Week

The problem is the ballots came before the voter guide with candidate statements. This gives incumbents an unfair advantage. And what is the point of paying the candidates pricey fees when many people will vote without the opportunity to read the statements.

jimbo212 Sep 30, 2020 06:37 PM
Ballots Mailed, Voter Guides to Arrive this Week

The voter guide is available online if you care to see it early. Otherwise you’ll have to wait a few days. I think the benefits of getting ballots out to people early outweighs the disadvantage of mailing the voter guide late. And let’s be honest, the kind of people who will vote without viewing the voter guide online or waiting a few days until it arrives in the mail probably weren’t going to look at it anyway.

Minibeast Sep 30, 2020 08:58 PM
Ballots Mailed, Voter Guides to Arrive this Week

There is Voter Guide info for all the propositions online. I just typed in "proposition (fill in #) California" for each prop and it was easy to find the info. Arguments for and against. School Board is a bit less clear, but I went to Noozhawk and read who is conservative and who isn't and who League of Women Voters is backing, etc. ------------- All done filling out my ballot. As I sealed it up, I realized I was in a cold sweat. Kind of shaky hands, too. Can't wait to have a reputable, intelligent and decent President in office.

SBLetsGetAlong Sep 30, 2020 05:53 PM
Ballots Mailed, Voter Guides to Arrive this Week

Well this is a first. Last yr I received my sample ballot & info guide a month before I received my ballot. Same with the previous election.
The elections office have had candidate info & filing fee, $5,000 to $11,000 per candidate, since August over a month ago.
I know people who have already completed their ballot and mailed them.
At a minimum the elections office should refund the thousands they collected since they did not deliver what they sold to the candidates.

Ahchooo Sep 30, 2020 06:32 PM
Ballots Mailed, Voter Guides to Arrive this Week

I see your points, but if I care about the candidate statements, I’ll just wait a few days until my voter guide arrives. Here’s a question for Edhatters: do you usually read you voter guide and candidate statements? I always do. I’m just curious how many others do.

a-1601562834 Oct 01, 2020 07:33 AM
Ballots Mailed, Voter Guides to Arrive this Week

Yes. Particularly about the propositions as it's tough to keep them straight. With our declining and biased news coverage it is one of the only places to get information.

SBLetsGetAlong Sep 30, 2020 08:00 PM
Ballots Mailed, Voter Guides to Arrive this Week

40% of voters don’t use or have access to the internet, such as seniors & low income.
By depriving them of the information to make an informed choice you deprive them of a thoughtful vote.
Or do “we” as a society not care about informing & educating everyone equally?

jimbo212 Sep 30, 2020 08:54 PM
Ballots Mailed, Voter Guides to Arrive this Week

I’m not sure where you got your 40% number but I agree that not everyone has internet access. If you don’t have internet then you can wait a few days until the voter guide arrives. Election Day isn’t for over a month. Don’t worry! There’s time.

a-1601523111 Sep 30, 2020 08:31 PM
Ballots Mailed, Voter Guides to Arrive this Week

I never use the guide to inform my voting decisions.
I saw on FB that Hannah Beth Jackson also voted in the same place I did (where we’re not supposed to until Monday) at the County Elections Office

a-1601526628 Sep 30, 2020 09:30 PM
Ballots Mailed, Voter Guides to Arrive this Week

Considering how many government employee union members there are in this town, they simply get their slate voting instructions from their unions so they have no need for printed candidate statements from the county. But others do. County workers who are union members seem to be very dismissive about this major breach in timely election material mailing - "go read it online" is not an acceptable answer.

haskelslocal Oct 01, 2020 08:40 AM
Ballots Mailed, Voter Guides to Arrive this Week

Do people realize that "school" expenses represent 62% of the entire property tax bill? And it doesn't go to kids. Look at Goleta Union School District for example. They run their budget at a deficit. 87% of which are salaries. The majority of which are executives in title. The board members make north of $200k per year and then the golden parachute. But they want to pass another $19.21 per year for the kids? Oh that's all? You have the money already for the kids. Spend what you have FOR the kids and not for yourselves.

PitMix Oct 01, 2020 09:00 AM
Ballots Mailed, Voter Guides to Arrive this Week

Lots of state requirements that take admin staff to endure the District's programs are in compliance with the law. This is also why UCSB has so much overhead in their budget that has very little to do with teaching. You want to reduce admin staff, then talk to Hannah-Beth and Monique about the laws they passed.

a-1601568925 Oct 01, 2020 09:15 AM
Ballots Mailed, Voter Guides to Arrive this Week

Go to the county law library in the court house and look at the entire shelves devoted to the volumes making up the California Education Code, written by "education" legislators like Hannah Beth Jackson, Das Williams and Monque Limon over the past 20 years. Then ask why there are so many laws on the books yet our student outcomes are #45 nationwide and public schools and their personnel, perks and pensions consume the largest part of our state and local budgets. Then ask if you want to keep voting for this same old, same old status quo this November - there are far better choices this time than the incumbents who want this failed and expensive K-12 system to continue.

Lorax Oct 01, 2020 09:13 AM
Ballots Mailed, Voter Guides to Arrive this Week

It is unpresidented that ballots have ever been delivered before voter information and candidate's statements. Clearly The official California election guide on their back page, dates to remember states that October 5th Counties will begin mailing vote-by mail ballots. So In some people's words, whats the rush the election isn't until Nov 3 If the ballots were held until Oct 3 when they were supposed to be released? The candidate's statements and materials would have arived about a week prior to the ballots as should have been.
Of course we can hold off to vote but I question why the ballots were at least not held until the promissed paid for materials had been delivered. Great damage control but to me what was more questionable was when Holland stated he could have waited another 13 days to send the materials out ! No coincidence I suppose that they magically go out the same evening he is questioned on KEYT about it. What was he waiting for! Anyone wanting to make a complaint can click this link to fill out the form to Secretary of State Elections Investigative Services
http://ca.gov/elections/publications-and-resources/voter-complaint

LCP112233 Oct 01, 2020 10:45 AM
Ballots Mailed, Voter Guides to Arrive this Week

Good Lord, it's not rocket science. There is plenty of information for the voters. Drop off your ballots. I don't understand all the confusion and worry?

SB_TAHOE Oct 01, 2020 12:14 PM
Ballots Mailed, Voter Guides to Arrive this Week

I live in Goleta. We received the Voter Guide on Saturday and the Ballots on Tuesday. We will complete our ballots then deposit them in one of the drop boxes. We will track our ballots via santabarbara.ballottrax.net

a-1601586329 Oct 01, 2020 02:05 PM
Ballots Mailed, Voter Guides to Arrive this Week

County sends out ballots. USPS and the County send the message - get your ballots in early. Get your ballots in early. Get your ballots in early. Then finally after all these vote early urgency messages, the county gets around to sending out the candidate information pamphlet that candidates had already paid dearly for. Something smells rotten.

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