Election Information & Resources

2020 General Election

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In advance of the 2020 General Election, the Santa Barbara Foundation is providing resources to ensure that all Santa Barbara County residents have their votes counted. We encourage all community members to register early, vote early, and drop your ballot off in person at a ballot box (if possible).

Important Dates

October 5, 2020 Vote-by-Mail & Early Voting Begins
October 19, 2020 Deadline for Voter Registration
October 31, 2020 In Person Voting Begins
November 3, 2020 In Person Voting Ends





October 5, 2020: First day ballots will be mailed to voters.

  • Due to the pandemic, all registered voters in California will automatically receive a ballot in the mail beginning October 5. If you are registered to vote and have not received your ballot in the mail by October 12, you should immediately contact the Santa Barbara County Registrar of Voters office at 805-568-2200.

October 19, 2020: Close of registration.

November 3, 2020: Election Day – vote in person and vote by mail deadline.

  • Vote at the Polls (in person)
    • Santa Barbara County polls will be open for 4 days: October 31 – November 3
    • There are less polling places than usual due to COVID-19, so your polling location may have changed. Finalized information about polling locations will be available approximately 30 days before the Election.
  • Vote-by-Mail
    • Ballot must be dropped off or postmarked in the by mail by November 3 but the sooner the better!
    • In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, every registered voter in California will receive a prepaid vote-by-mail ballot for the 2020 General Election.
  • Take action to ensure a smooth voting experience
    • Double check the address on your registration. To make sure you get your ballot, visit: VoterStatus.sos.ca.gov
    • Track your ballot. You can sign up to receive updates on your vote-by-mail ballot via text (SMS), email, or voice call through the state’s official “Where’s My Ballot?” tracking tool at: WheresMyBallot.sos.ca.gov
    • Make your plan to vote. Decide how you will return your ballot. You can find tools to cast your ballot at: vote.ca.gov


Visit the Santa Barbara County’s Election Division for more voting details and resources.

Voting Information & Resources


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For questions or assistance with voting in Santa Barbara County, please contact Santa Barbara County’s Election Division by email or call (800) SBC-VOTE or (800) 722-8683.