If you want to watch our democracy at work, visit the Santa Barbara Elections Office during the ballot counting process. Anyone can take a tour of the various rooms and observe the actual processes that ensure our ballots are handled with the utmost care.
Due to COVID-19, arrangements and tour days and times may change. The elections office is normally open during the counting period Monday – Saturday, 9 am – 4 pm (closed 1/2 hour for lunch around noon) until the final ballots have been counted and reported to the state.
It is advisable to call ahead of time to take the tour. The number is 1-800-722-8683 ext 7, or 805-568-2200.
The address is 4440-A Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93110.