Ballots for the March 5th Election Will Arrive This Week

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County to open additional election offices in Santa Maria and Lompoc in February 

All registered voters in the State of California will receive a ballot in the mail at the beginning of February for the March 5 Presidential Primary. If a voter does not receive their ballot by mid-February, they should contact the Santa Barbara County Registrar of Voters office at 800-722-8683.

Voters can verify the accuracy of their voter registration, including residential and mailing addresses, at To make address and other updates to their registration, or for eligible citizens to register to vote, go to

Ballots may be returned by mail (postmarked by Election Day, March 5), returned in person to one of our three election offices (locations listed below), to any polling place on Election Day or to an official ballot drop box.

County Elections has 30 secure ballot drop boxes in various locations throughout the County.  Drop boxes will be available 24 hours a day beginning February 5 until 8 p.m. on Election Day, March 5.  A list of drop box locations in Santa Barbara County is included with the ballot and posted on the website at

  • Ballots may also be returned to the County Elections offices in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, and Lompoc or to a polling place on Election Day before 8 p.m.
  • Voters may mail their ballot with no postage required, postmarked by Election Day, March 5, in the preprinted return envelope provided with the ballot. The Postal Service advises voters to mail their ballot early to allow time for it to arrive at the Elections Office.

Voters must 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 the Santa Barbara Registrar of Voters at 800-722-8683 or re-register online at The DMV signature may be utilized with online voter registration.

Santa Barbara County Elections Offices are open Monday through Friday and located at:

  • Santa Barbara Elections Main Office (4440-A Calle Real) – 8 AM to 5 PM.
  • Santa Maria Elections Branch Office (511 Lakeside Parkway, Ste. 134) – 8 AM to Noon and 1 PM to 5 PM beginning February 5.
  • Lompoc Elections Branch Office (401 E. Cypress, Suite 102) – 8 AM to Noon and 1 PM to 5 PM beginning February 29.

All three election offices in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, and Lompoc are available to assist with registering to vote, updating a voter’s registration, and obtaining voter-related materials.  In addition, the offices offer services for those with disabilities.

Santa Barbara County Elections can be reached at or by calling 800-722-8683.

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  1. I remember when you HAD to go to a polling place, and people took it seriously on making their way there. Others would help, whatever it took. And to get an absentee ballot you had to specifically request one and have a good reason why. Now they just mail them out like junk mail to God knows where…AND you can get a ballot at the polling place. This just screams bad intentions by the same people that don’t want voter ID to be a requirement. Gotta show your ID for most everything in this country, except what is becoming the most IMPORTANT time to prove who you are.

  2. Like I have said before, just go vote. If you win, you win, and if you lose you lose. Not “you won”, of course, but you might think that. I get it. Then go forward. I’m not a trump or Biden supporter in case you’re wondering. They both suck.

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