What You Need to Know about the Upcoming November 3 Election

Locally, City of Goleta residents will be voting for a Mayor, two City Council seats, and Measure O2020 asking “Shall the term of office of the mayor be changed from two years to four years?” Information on candidates, the measure, and general election information is available at www.cityofgoleta.org/elections.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, every registered voter in California will receive a ballot in the mail for the upcoming election. If you are not already registered to vote by mail you DO NOT need to complete an application to receive your ballot by mail, it will automatically be sent. The first day ballots will be mailed is October 5, 2020. In-person voting will still be available, but on a limited basis. You can check the status of your voter registration here. October 19, 2020, is the last day to register to vote and you can register online here.

More information is available on the Santa Barbara County Elections Division webpage. You can also learn more about voting on the Santa Barbara County Registrar of Voters Vote Safely, Santa Barbara County webpage.

What You Should Know:

  • Nearly 75% of the county’s registered voters are already signed up to permanently receive their ballot by mail. This means the Santa Barbara County Registrar of Voters is well positioned to manage this increase.
  • There will be ballot drop boxes located throughout the county to safely return your ballot directly to the Registrar of Voters. We will provide information on locations once it is finalized.
  • If you need to vote in-person, limited polling places will be available and lines may be long. Your polling location may have changed from previous years. Look up your polling location here.
  • Take advantage of early voting:
    • At the Registrar’s office (4440-A Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93110) beginning Oct. 5, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    • At your assigned polling place or the Registrar’s office Saturday, Oct. 31 through Monday, Nov. 2, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    • All will again be open on Election Day, Nov. 3, when the voting hours change to 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Due to COVID-19, we are encouraging all voters to vote by mail avoiding lines and to ensure that voters can exercise their right to vote in a safe, secure and accessible manner.