Early Voting Opened Today for the Statewide Direct Primary Election; Vote By Mail Ballots Enroute to Voters
There is no need to wait until Election Day to cast your vote as the June 5, 2018 Statewide Direct Primary Election started today Monday, May 7. 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 138,000 Vote by Mail ballots were delivered to the post office today.
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.
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 listed below or at a 24-hour drive-up drop box location through 8 p.m. on June 5, 2018.
Office Locations and Hours:
Open 8 a.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 May 21, 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 Regsitrar 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 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 contacting our office at (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 also 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.