All Registered Voters to Automatically Receive Ballot by Mail

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Source: County of Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara County Elections Increasing Efforts to Help Voters Ensure Their Vote Will be Counted

As of today, September 17, there are only 47 days until the Presidential General Election on Tuesday, November 3. In Santa Barbara County, voters can expect increased efforts to help ensure their vote is counted
Due to the pandemic, all registered voters in the State of California will automatically receive a ballot in the mail around the beginning of October. If a voter does not receive their ballot by October 12, they should immediately contact the Santa Barbara County Registrar of Voters office at (805) 568-2200.  
 
Voters can verify the accuracy of their voter registration, including residential and mailing addresses, at sos.ca.gov/elections/registration-status or sbcvote.com.
 
To make address and other updates to their registration, or for eligible citizens to register to vote, go to www.registertovote.ca.gov
 
County Elections Adds 30 or More Secured Ballot Drop Boxes Throughout the County
 
Voters are encouraged to complete their ballot and return it through one of 30 or more secure drop boxes located throughout the county. Drop boxes will be available 24 hours per day beginning October 5 until 8 p.m. on Election Day.
 
To avoid concerns about postal delivery delays, voters are encouraged to utilize a drop box to return their ballot. A list of all drop box locations in Santa Barbara County will be included with the vote ballot and posted at SBCVote.com
 
Voters may mail their ballot with no postage required, postmarked by Election Day, November 3. The preprinted return address is the Santa Barbara County Elections Office. The Postal Service advises voters to mail their ballots no later than October 27 to reach the elections office in time to be counted. 
Voters must remember to sign the ballot envelope. The signature on every returned voted ballot envelope will be compared to the signature on the voter’s registration card before it is counted.
If a voter thinks that their signature has changed over time, they should contact Santa Barbara Registrar of Voters at (805) 568-2200 or re-register online at www.registertovote.ca.gov. The DMV signature may be utilized with online voter registration.

Santa Barbara County Elections is staffing approximately 35 in-person voting sites over four days for those who would like additional services including language assistance or a replacement ballot.

 
These sites will be open October 31 through Election Day, Tuesday, November 3. Facial coverings will be required and voters should expect a socially distanced waiting line. Voters have been assigned to polling place locations that will be listed on the back cover of the voter’s County Voter Information Guide. Voters can also use the Sample Ballot and Polling Place Look-up tool at SBCVote.com
 
For information about becoming a poll worker at one of these sites, please call  (805) 568-2200 or go to the webpage
 
The three election offices in the county will be open for voting, voter registration and voter questions from October 5 through Election Day, November 3.  

Office locations and regular business hours:

Santa Barbara
4440-A Calle Real
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday, except holidays
Lompoc
401 E. Cypress St, Room 102*
8 a.m. to noon, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday, except holidays

*To better serve voters, the Lompoc Office will move to the Lompoc Veteran’s Memorial Building at 100 E. Locust starting October 22, 2020

Santa Maria
511 E. Lakeside Parkway, Suite 134
8 a.m. to noon, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday, except holidays

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

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RHS Sep 18, 2020 06:39 PM
All Registered Voters to Automatically Receive Ballot by Mail

"Don't use USPS" is exactly the sort of doubt that the Trump people are trying to spread. If you mail a ballot a week or so ahead of the actual election date the chance that it will not be delivered is infinitesimal. I will mail my ballot early as a precaution but not because I don't trust the people at the post office to do their job.

sbmh2015 Sep 19, 2020 12:42 PM
All Registered Voters to Automatically Receive Ballot by Mail

Actually, no. My mail has been delayed. Others I know have had mail delayed. I'm waiting on a package to be picked up from a vendor that created the label on the 12th. Still waiting since yesterday. Another package by the same vendor shipped on the 12th by dhl. I received it 2 days ago. I know what I speak of. Do what you want at your own risk. My vote will be counted

Minibeast Sep 17, 2020 03:09 PM
All Registered Voters to Automatically Receive Ballot by Mail

Register to vote NOW, if you're not already registered. If you have moved and/or changed your maiden name -------- you need to re-register. Do you have friends and relatives in other states --- or maybe in CA, too ----- who are unsure about how and when to vote? PLEASE tell them to go to -----betterknowaballot.com----------Stephen Colbert is uploading state-by-state easy to follow instructions.

a-1600382073 Sep 17, 2020 03:34 PM
All Registered Voters to Automatically Receive Ballot by Mail

I last registered about 30 years ago and was concerned that my signature may have changed over time. I just re-registered online, and they will use my current DMV signature when verifying my ballot. This will be much more up to date and accurate.

bosco Sep 17, 2020 04:16 PM
All Registered Voters to Automatically Receive Ballot by Mail

In my somewhat short (~10years) voting life, I have yet to set foot in a voting booth. Conspiracy theories aside, I never understood why anyone would spend the time to go to a voting booth when you could just drop a ballot in the mailbox. So much easier.

BoomerSooner Sep 18, 2020 08:34 AM
All Registered Voters to Automatically Receive Ballot by Mail

This is such a bad idea on so many levels.
1. Why are we changing the way we vote now? You can't say it's because of COVID because we are allowed to stand in line at the grocery store, bank and so forth so why not stand in line when we vote? I think we all know the answer. One political party is seeking an unfair advantage.
2. Using this mass-mailing method to distribute ballots is without a doubt, going to cause controversy because someone, for sure, will gather up unclaimed ballots, vote illegally, and then get caught.
*As an aside, it would be great if people could stop equating absentee balloting with this type of mass-mailing of unsolicited ballots. It's misleading and it's a lie.

Ahchooo Sep 18, 2020 09:12 AM
All Registered Voters to Automatically Receive Ballot by Mail

Why would one party have greater access to commit ballot fraud than the other party? Also, one good reason for vote by mail this time is that usually old people staff the polling sites, and it’s not right to have them do that during a pandemic.

Alexblue Sep 18, 2020 09:49 AM
All Registered Voters to Automatically Receive Ballot by Mail

BOOMERSOONER, why would ever change anything at any time ever?

Because there's always a way to improve systems. If the goal in our Democracy is to get AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE to vote, which I'm sure you would agree is a good thing, right (LOL), then this is a way to make it easier for people to vote.

If your concern is that it will lead to fraud, you already know that there is no statistically significance of voter fraud in this country and that the recorded instances of fraud are distributed relatively equally across both parties.

I'm sure you'll also know that Trump's own homunculus, Kris Koback, (or however you spell his name), led Trump's very own hand picked committee to investigate voter fraud in the US after the 2016 election, and that it was disbanded by Trump's own administration because there simply wasn't any meaningful instance of fraud.

So, back slowly in to your hole and just admit that you want to deny people their rights to gain a partisan edge and that for you "freedom" only applies to a select group.

chico berkeley Sep 18, 2020 10:29 AM
All Registered Voters to Automatically Receive Ballot by Mail

Sorry to bust yer bubble there Blue but, this is a "Democratic Republic" we live in and that is different than the"Democracy" you are hung up on.
Want your style of gov't?
Move to any socialist country and you will find out what a "Democracy" is really like.
Socialism run by the state.

a-1600455236 Sep 18, 2020 11:53 AM
All Registered Voters to Automatically Receive Ballot by Mail

Yes, democratic socialist states are a bit more civilized than we are, with citizens that are happier, healthier, and with less income disparity and more security and voice in their government than we have. Here it's all dominated by corporate money and moneyed interests.

Alexblue Sep 18, 2020 08:11 PM
All Registered Voters to Automatically Receive Ballot by Mail

LOL Chico. Your word salad literally has no meaning--why don't you try and focus your tiny brain on the issue and stop dredging up words that you don't understand.

Obviously you would rather have your system of government in place, i.e., a sociopath kakistocracy, than for people to vote--in fact you and your army of puppets want it so badly you'll be more than happy to suppress the rights of your fellow citizens.

happyswede Sep 18, 2020 09:21 AM
All Registered Voters to Automatically Receive Ballot by Mail

Thank you for the info post. Received last week a confusing postcard from the postal service under its new management. Suggested steps were needed and restrictions to receive ballots and vote by mail. Called to confirm I was on auto mail and to confirm that drop boxes would be listed on site. Noted that Colorado sued Post Office and got a temporary restraining order. Yesterday saw a judge ordering the post office to reverse slow downs.

We have hardworking postal employees. Hate to see them (and the post office) impacted by political manipulations (if that is what is happening).

PitMix Sep 18, 2020 10:22 AM
All Registered Voters to Automatically Receive Ballot by Mail

One reason to vote by mail is they are having trouble finding poll workers because a lot of them are in high risk groups. I second SB Tahoe's advice: This is a great tool: wheresmyballot. sos. ca. gov You can track your ballot's journey and verify that it has been accepted.

SBgal74 Sep 18, 2020 10:47 AM
All Registered Voters to Automatically Receive Ballot by Mail

Let’s get real...The only people opposed to voting by mail are Trump supporters because they know that the greater percentage of the population that votes the better the odds are the Orange Turd loses. The majority of this country knows he’s a horribly human being and a completely incompetent leader for this great nation. All the conspiracy theories about voter fraud are without merit and total BS. Trying to squash mail in voting rights is just a desperate attempt for the brainwashed Trump loving Republicans to hang on to their wanna be Dictator. What happened to our Democracy?

LCP112233 Sep 18, 2020 11:20 AM
All Registered Voters to Automatically Receive Ballot by Mail

Been voting for a long time. Only voted in person once. If you are worried about the mail, you can still drop off your ballot at a polling place. At least in San Luis County they will have a minimal amount of drop off locations available this year.

Midday Sep 18, 2020 12:10 PM
All Registered Voters to Automatically Receive Ballot by Mail

If they're using my "current DMV signature" for verification and it's the one that's on my driver's license, I'm in trouble. When I renewed my license, they had me sign on a slightly slanted screen that was up in the air. It looks nothing like my real signature. I mentioned it at the time and they said not to worry. Now I'm worried.

Ahchooo Sep 18, 2020 12:35 PM
All Registered Voters to Automatically Receive Ballot by Mail

They only use your DMV signature if you registered online. If you registered the old fashioned way, they have that signature (from a paper form you signed) on file. And you can still register by paper form—pick up a form at the post office.

bosco Sep 18, 2020 04:11 PM
All Registered Voters to Automatically Receive Ballot by Mail

Anyone else seen that comment floating around facebook? I know I have. By the way, since when has anyone had any concerns with USPS delivery? No one ever had issues with the USPS until it became a political issue. I wonder how that works?

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