Voter Information Guides in the Mail

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Voter Information Guides in the Mail
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Source: County of Santa Barbara

Joe Holland, County Clerk-Recorder-Assessor & Registrar of Voters announced that Santa Barbara County Voter Information Guides are currently being mailed to all registered voters who should start seeing them in their mailboxes in the next few days. State Voter Information Guides are also being mailed to households listing a registered voter.

The County Voter Information Guide (CVIG) is a sample ballot that can be used by the voter to mark their choices before they go to their polling place. The voter can take the sample ballot with them to mark their Official Ballot. This speeds up the voting process and helps reduce long lines on Election Day.

Information specific to the voter’s ballot includes candidates’ statements of qualifications and local measure information; and instructions and information on voting President, crossover voting, updating their registration, voting by mail and voting at the polls.

The voter’s polling place location is printed on the back cover of the CVIG, as is an application to vote by mail.

Vote by Mail ballots will be mailed to voters and be available at County Elections offices listed below starting February 3, 2020:

Santa Barbara – 4440-A Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93110

Lompoc – 401 E. Cypress Ave, Room 102, Lompoc, CA 93436

Santa Maria – 511 E. Lakeside Parkway, Suite 134, Santa Maria, CA 93455

Important reminders:

  • Election Day is Tuesday, March 3, 2020;
  • This is a partisan election - Voters registered to vote with a political party, can ONLY vote for that party’s presidential candidates at the primary election.
  • Voters who are registered as No Party Preference can request to vote for one of these parties’ presidential candidates in the primary:
    • American Independent Party
    • Democratic Party
    • Libertarian Party


Voters who have already requested a vote by mail ballot and/or a crossover ballot do not need to reapply.  If a voter receives a ballot and chooses to change their party, they should contact the Elections Office for their options.

Though there are many third party websites of information, to ensure correct information, Holland encourages voters to contact his office directly for information on polling place locations, or any question as to why they are receiving a Vote by Mail ballot.

Voter Information Line: 1-800-SBC-VOTE (1-800-722-8683)
County Elections website:
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pxn Jan 27, 2020 09:57 AM
Voter Information Guides in the Mail

No, Californians aren’t being asked to repeal Prop. 13’s residential property tax limits

pxn Jan 27, 2020 09:45 AM
Voter Information Guides in the Mail

Voting by mail doesn't involve any coercion. The mailman isn't watching you. I think it's a great idea that voters get an opportunity to participate as soon as they turn 18. And I can tell you that the DMV takes the requirements for Real ID very seriously -- even though I had a passport and utility bills addressed to my residence, I had to go home and find social security documents before getting Real ID on my drivers license.

a-1580149141 Jan 27, 2020 10:19 AM
Voter Information Guides in the Mail

PXN, @9:45, agreed. The DMV does take Real ID requirements seriously. However, Real IDs are not required in order to drive, and they're not required in order to be registered to vote either.

a-1580069107 Jan 26, 2020 12:05 PM
Voter Information Guides in the Mail

Contact the UN. In CA voting is broken: it’s all comers, coerced vote by mail, and there’s zip, nada, no oversight or enforcement. Vote twice, toss ballots, change precinct locations, allow and encourage non citizens to vote. Who cares anymore?

RHS Jan 26, 2020 11:43 AM
Voter Information Guides in the Mail

Democracy requires an informed electorate to work well. Given the difficulty of obtaining that level of competence we hope to survive with an electorate that is not obstinately indifferent. Included in our qualifications should be an understanding of how elections work. So, here's one fact, not everyone gets to vote in the vote to select among primary candidates. That process is for member of the party to select someone to run for their party. Only members of that party should vote at this level. On the federal level this is still the law I think. On the state level we have enacted the top two idea so that everyone gets to jump in. This suppresses (its real purpose) the discussion of alternative ideas and proposals and drives the candidates to the center (especially the corporate funded center where the money is). On top of this all, by the way, it is wrong for the taxpayers to be footing the bill to allow private political parties to select their candidates at all. I wonder if the Iowa caucuses are subsidized by the State of Iowa?

shorebird Jan 26, 2020 10:46 AM
Voter Information Guides in the Mail

8:55 am. One had to recognize excellence when they see it. This was an excellent obfuscatory rant. How about some links to this questionable data?

a-1580145604 Jan 27, 2020 09:20 AM
Voter Information Guides in the Mail

What 8:55 says is pretty much true. It's common knowledge that high school students are pre-registered in classrooms and then receive ballots upon their 18th birthday. It's unlikely that a person this age would opt out of this activity in front of their peers (raised hand, "Teacher, I can't participate because I'm not a citizen!") And then there's the DMV. Yep, they make lots of mistakes. And nobody checks. Believe it. Better yet, do your own research.

Red Creek Jan 26, 2020 10:10 AM
Voter Information Guides in the Mail

Just checked the mailer for my polling place location : Casa De Los Carneros ??? where is 10 Longshore Pl. ??? Oh, looks on my map that it is next to the railroad tracks in an industrial area. Is this going to be easy to get to? Is this a safe area? Can I use public trans to get there? Must I vote by mail and not see another voter in person? Do I need to speak spanish to get into the Casa? I like the personal touch and I will try to get to Longshore. If you like the personal touch and want to meet another voter, I will be happy to say hello at our polling place when I can get there!

a-1580057709 Jan 26, 2020 08:55 AM
Voter Information Guides in the Mail

16 year olds are registered in high school class statewide without parental knowledge. Close to 100% register Democrat. Every person who registers in class or at DMV is mailed a ballot (at age 18 years). The SB County Grand Jury Report confirms UCSB & SBCC students are registered to vote twice, non citizens vote. Why? The Secretary of State and County Registrar Joe Holland’s Office both confirm, if you register, you get a ballot (or two) because there is no legal Authority or funding for any entity to ENFORCE voting law. Besides in our sanctuary state of top-vote getters there is no party nominated position on the ballot EXCEPT FOR US PRESIDENT. It is unlawful, subject to a 3-year felony for a non-US Citizen to vote for a party nominated office: POTUS. Who monitors US Elections? No one. Grand Jury has no AUTHORITY to pursue its findings. State legislators like non-citizens votings. Federal legislators refuse to adopt voter ID laws because they know Courts will overturn for violation of privacy; and like Real ID, anybody can get one. Real ID is just another way for government to get money: fee or tax it consumes wealth, workers create.

Yep, GO VOTE! Then budget a few hours a week to civic volunteering to hold government accountability.

pxn Jan 26, 2020 08:08 AM
Voter Information Guides in the Mail

This more than a partisan election. There is a Proposition 13 bond for $15 billion dollars for school facilities.

a-1580056121 Jan 26, 2020 08:28 AM
Voter Information Guides in the Mail

Don’t you mean: Prop 13 is on the ballot to be made obsolete for the State of CA to extract higher taxes rather than reduce spending?

a-1580001874 Jan 25, 2020 05:24 PM
Voter Information Guides in the Mail

My concern is that the DNC is going to bend Bernie over again, then throw him under the bus. They did it last time, and this time he IS definitely surging and collecting lots of $$$ and supporters. Goodness sakes what will happen if that happens once again.

Roger Jan 26, 2020 05:26 AM
Voter Information Guides in the Mail

Because she took them away...I voted for Bernie them was told my vote did not count she set up Trumps win, she is doing it now too...

mp805 Jan 25, 2020 06:02 PM
Voter Information Guides in the Mail

Agree 100% with this take however its already happening in my opinion...Why do you think Pelosi held the impeachment articles till after the new year? It was to give Biden head start in Iowa while it Sanders is stuck behind a desk in the Senate. DNC is gonna burn Bernie once again!

ChillinGrillin Jan 25, 2020 01:33 PM
Voter Information Guides in the Mail

I'm amused to see Mayor Murillo is already leveraging her position to run for Assembly. As much as I am more amused by the local Republican Party, our local politicians need more competition or we'll just end up with professional fundraisers, self-promoters, and ribbon cutters on the public payroll.

a-1580058968 Jan 26, 2020 09:16 AM
Voter Information Guides in the Mail

The courageously informed Republican Candidate for Assembly Charlie Cole is running to help stop endorsed Radical Socialist and SBCC Trustee Jonathan Abboud (Local DEm Central Committee machine choice, endorsed by Democratic Socialists of America, with pending endorsement from AOC’s Justice Democrats — which has endorsed its co-founder & Young Turk Broadcaster Cenk Uyger in nearby Santa Clarita. The only way to inform the public of this dangerous rising politician and the irreversible take-over of California is with a microphone and audience. Follow Lebanonese Abboud’s past posts on FB. One of Abboud’s goals is to make Americans who support the Constitution and American traditions “politically irrelevant”. Sup Das Williams had his chief of staff Darcel Elliott working FT at UCSB to deliver to Abboud its 10,000 Registered student votes, some are dual registered students voting both at school and home county. Young GOP Candidate Charles Cole has a purpose and message. Support him as he sounds the alarm of what’s happening locally and in single-party CA? (Aren’t single party countries usually Communist ones?)

a-1580056404 Jan 26, 2020 08:33 AM
Voter Information Guides in the Mail

It’s next to impossible to convince prepared, qualified candidates to run when elections and candidates are controlled by local Democrat Party Machine. Young candidates under 45 are sought to be puppets of the machine.

a-1580018964 Jan 25, 2020 10:09 PM
Voter Information Guides in the Mail

I think the snafu of "eligible voters" not receiving their ballots last time was because of the district elections. Many people thought they should be getting ballots, but in actuality it wasn't their turn to vote.

CoastWatch Jan 25, 2020 05:30 PM
Voter Information Guides in the Mail

@ 2030.... You are insane. Please show proof. The State of California and Local Politics is DOMINATED by Dems... Clue in.

a-1580000395 Jan 25, 2020 04:59 PM
Voter Information Guides in the Mail

If the Republican party has anything to do with it you can kiss off all voters getting the materials. Look what they attempt in almost all other states and "SAD"ly get away with it until caught & hauled into court, but by that time it's too late.

a-1579986934 Jan 25, 2020 01:15 PM
Voter Information Guides in the Mail

Hopefully, the voters of the 3rd District of SB County retain Joan Hartmann who has protected the fragile environment and at the same time worked well with the Chumash & cannabis growers to establish harmony in the district. Go, Joan!

a-1580112086 Jan 27, 2020 12:01 AM
Voter Information Guides in the Mail

I am not sure what harmony you are talking about. There is no harmony in the valley between Residents & cannabis growers, and Camp 4 is still as divisive as always. Don’t give credit when it’s not due.

a-1580062046 Jan 26, 2020 10:07 AM
Voter Information Guides in the Mail

While I am not in the 3d District, the claim that she "worked well" with the Chumash is disconcerting. Did she simply give them more of what they want? Every time I drive up that highway I see new concrete being poured and big foundations for big buildings near the casino. Santa Ynez is going to be nothing but Las Vegas type ugliness very soon.

a-1580056604 Jan 26, 2020 08:36 AM
Voter Information Guides in the Mail

Don’t vote personalities. VOTE POLICY POSITIONS! Like Joan, Salud is ‘nice, charming, approachable’ but he’s a SOCIALIST who votes 100% with the Hispanic Caucus.

a-1580016779 Jan 25, 2020 09:32 PM
Voter Information Guides in the Mail

@ 1:55pm. Yes worked really well giving in. Doreen and Peter worked really hard on the ad hoc committee dealing with Camp 4. Das and Joan came in and wiped out all that hard work. The County will now lose millions of dollars a year from potential property taxes on camp 4 development. I really like Joan, she is very approachable and intelligent, but she did not act in the best interests of the county or residents in the camp 4 deal. During her campaign she promised to continue the dialog with the tribe and fight the fee to trust application.

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