Vote By Mail Ballots Enroute to Voters

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Vote By Mail Ballots Enroute to Voters
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Source: County of Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara County Registrar of Voters Joe Holland announced [Monday] that more than 138,000 Vote by Mail ballots were delivered to the Post Office on May 7 for the Statewide Direct Primary Election to be held on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.

Holland encourages voters to read their County Voter Information Guide sent by the County Elections Office and available online at and the State Voter Information Guide sent by the Secretary of State’s Office and available online at  to learn more about the races, candidates, state propositions and local measures on the ballot.

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, June 5, 2018.  If returning a ballot by mail, the ballot must be received by Election Day or postmarked on or by Election Day, June 5 and received by the County Elections Office by June 8, 2018.

Vote by Mail ballots may also be returned to one of the County Elections Offices in Santa Barbara, Lompoc or Santa Maria or a 24-hour drive-up drop box location through 8 p.m. on June 5, 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)

To confirm vote by mail status or voter registration status, voters can contact the County Elections Office at 1-800-SBC-VOTE or look up their status at the Secretary of State’s website  The deadline to register to vote for the election is May 21, 2018.  If a voter has moved or changed their name, they need to reregister.  Voters can register online at or obtain a Voter Registration Card from our office, the Department of Motor Vehicles, and 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 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 in English and Spanish.
  • Language Assistance and ballot facsimiles are also offered in Chinese, Korean and Tagalog in certain precincts. For more information visit: 
  • Audio recordings and large font copies of the State Voter Information Guide and the County Voter Information Guide are available by contacting our office at 1-800-SBC-VOTE.
  • Accessible voting booths are available at all polling locations for voters in wheelchairs or needing to sit while voting.
  • The Independent Living Resource Center is also available at (805) 963-0595 to assist voters.


For information on accessible voting, contact the Elections Office at 1-800-SBC-VOTE or visit the Registrar of Voters’ website at

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RHS May 09, 2018 10:08 AM
Vote By Mail Ballots Enroute to Voters

My rage is the bizarre new politics situation that the leading Democratic governor candidates are actually explaining to the public why their infidelity was less offensive than that of their chief opponent! The Top Two primary system has homogenized our elections into mush. There is no attention paid to interesting choices and the final election will be just a poor a choice between to packaged gubernatorial candidates who will be unchallenged in the run up to the vote. Reading the voter statements in the ballot pamphlet has become humorous but not uplifting.

Factotum May 09, 2018 11:46 AM
Vote By Mail Ballots Enroute to Voters

Accept the premise normal people do not run for public office. Respect also what the voters did to create this current situation, by showing a preference for shiny objects instead of cogent debate. Government by the people, for the people passed from our horizon decades ago. If ever. This is not a task for Everyman - regardless of what Hollywood led us to believe. Make your vote count. It still does count. But only you can inspire and support the candidates you really want to see.

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