Early Voting Open for General Election

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Early Voting Open for General Election
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Source: Santa Barbara County

There is no need to wait until Election Day to cast your vote-- the November 6, 2018, General Election started Monday, October 8. Voters who wish to vote early or will be away from their polling place on Election Day can go to one of the Santa Barbara County Elections Offices listed below to obtain a ballot.

Those who vote by mail can expect to receive their ballot soon as more than 145,000 Vote by Mail ballots will be delivered to the post office Tuesday.

Voters are encouraged to read their County Voter Information Guide already sent by the County Elections Office and available online at http://www.sbcvote.com/ and the State Voter Information Guide sent by the Secretary of State’s Office and available online at http://voterguide.sos.ca.gov/ to learn more about the races, candidates, state propositions and local measures on the ballot. 

Voters of the cities of Santa Maria and Lompoc will experience district-based elections for their city council districts; therefore, not all city council districts will appear on the ballot. Registered voters of City of Santa Maria City Council Districts 3 or 4, or City of Lompoc City Council Districts 2 or 3, will see a City Council contest on their ballot.  All other council districts in these two cities will be on the ballot in 2020. 

Vote by Mail ballots must be received in the County Elections Office or at a polling place within California by 8 p.m. on Election Day, November 6, 2018.  If returning a ballot by mail, the ballot must be received by Election Day or postmarked on or by Election Day, November 6, and received by the County Elections Office by November 9, 2018. Vote by Mail ballots may also be returned to one of the County Elections Offices listed below or at a 24-hour drive-up drop box location through 8 p.m. on November 6, 2018.

Office Locations and Hours:

Santa Barbara: 4440-A Calle Real
Open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday – Friday
(24-hour drive-up drop box in parking lot exit)   

Lompoc: 401 E. Cypress Ave, Room 102
Open 9 a.m. - noon and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Monday – Friday
(24-hour drive-up drop box at 100 Civic Center Plaza)

Santa Maria: 511 E. Lakeside Parkway, Suite 134
Open 8 a.m. - noon and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Monday– Friday
(24-hour drive-up drop box in parking lot exit)

To confirm vote by mail status or voter registration status, contact the County Elections Office toll-free at (800) SBC-VOTE or go to the Secretary of State website at https://voterstatus.sos.ca.gov/. 

The deadline to register to vote for the election is October 22, 2018. 

If a voter has moved or changed their name, they must reregister. Voters can register online at https://registertovote.ca.gov/ or obtain a Voter Registration Card from the County Registrar of Voters, the Department of Motor Vehicles, or most post offices and public libraries.

Santa Barbara County Has Many Tools Available to Assist Voters: 

The Automark ballot marking system is available at our three offices beginning October 8 and at every polling location in the County on Election Day.  The AutoMARK is especially helpful for voters who are blind, have limited sight, or a disability or condition that makes it difficult to traditionally mark a ballot without assistance. The AutoMARK is easy to use and has a Braille keypad, increased font size, and audio options.
Accessible Voter Information Guides and sample ballots are available at www.sbcvote.com in English and Spanish.

Language Assistance and ballot facsimiles are also offered in Chinese, Korean and Tagalog in certain precincts. For more information, visit http://sbcvote.com/elections/languageassistanceinfo.aspx. 

Audio recordings and large font copies of the State Voter Information Guide and the County Voter Information Guide are available by calling (800) SBC-VOTE.

Accessible voting booths are available at all polling locations for voters in wheelchairs or those needing to sit while voting.

The Independent Living Resource Center is available to assist voters at (805) 963-0595.

For information on accessible voting, contact the Elections Office at (800) SBC-VOTE or visit the Registrar of Voters’ website at www.sbcvote.com. 

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Ahchooo Oct 12, 2018 08:59 AM
Early Voting Open for General Election

I am so happy I live in a place where voting is quick and easy. Figuring out *how* to vote takes a bit of work, but the actual voting is a piece of cake. Not so in some states. Thank you Elections Office, and the countless citizens who have worked to make it easy to vote.

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