Need Help Voting?

This year, there are many changes in how you can vote safely during the pandemic. We’re here to help you understand how to vote and make sure your vote is counted.

Checking Your Voter Status

With all voters receiving a mail ballot this year, it’s important than ever to make sure your voter registration is at your current address so you receive your mail ballot. Click here to check your voter registration status.

If you’re not registered to vote, it will make your voting process easier if you register to vote by October 19th. You can register to vote online here. If you miss this deadline, you can still vote at the polls.

Voting by Mail

ALL registered voters in California will receive a vote by mail ballot this year, even if you were not previously registered as a vote by mail voter.

The easiest way to cast your vote is to mail your ballot as early as possible. You no longer need to put a stamp on the envelope and you can mail it up until Election Day (November 3rd) although we recommend sending it earlier if you can. You can use our voter guide here to see our endorsements.

If your ballot hasn’t shown up in the mail yet or you’ve already sent it and want to make sure it was received, you can track your ballot here.

As long as your ballot is postmarked by Election Day, it will be counted even if delays in the Post Office cause it to be received up to two weeks later.

Dropping Off Your Mail Ballot

Worried about whether your mail ballot will be counted? You can skip through the Post Office altogether by dropping your ballot off at a secure drop box run by your county elections office. For Ventura County ballot drop box locations click here. For Santa Barbara County ballot drop box locations click here.

Voting In Person

If you prefer to vote in-person, there will be much fewer polling places available this year, but they will be open longer, with four days of voting.

That means you can vote on the weekend before, instead of just on Tuesday, November 3rd.

If you fill out the ballot that was mailed to you, you can just show up and drop it off at the Vote Center, without even standing in line! If your mail ballot was lost or damaged or you never received it, you will need to vote in person at the Vote Center on the four days leading up to Election Day.

To vote in-person, find the nearest Vote Center (polling place) to you. Find Ventura County polling places here and Santa Barbara County polling places here. The Vote Centers will be open Saturday October 31st- Monday, November 2rd from 8am-5pm, Tuesday November 3rd from 7am-8pm.

Anyone can drop your ballot off for you, but you must sign the envelope showing it is your vote and you gave them permission.

If you go to the polling place and for some reason your name isn’t on the list, you can ask to cast a “provisional ballot” at your vote center. It’s the same ballot, but they will have to verify that you didn’t vote twice before they count your vote.

Other Questions or Help

For any other questions call (805) 654-2263 in Ventura County or 1-800-SBC-VOTE {(800) 722-8683} in Santa Barbara County. You can also visit your county elections office at 800 S. Victoria Ave. in Ventura, 4440-A Calle Real in Santa Barbara, or 511 E. Lakeside Parkway in Santa Maria. You can also vote early at these locations if you will be out of town during the four days of voting.

Your voice needs to be heard.

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