Register to Vote
By Election Day, a Qualified Voter must be:
- 18 years old
- If You are 16 Years of Age, You can Pre-Register
- U.S. citizen
- California resident
- Registered voter for 15 days
- Not in prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony*
*In California, individuals convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote while incarcerated and on parole. Voting rights are automatically restored upon completion of parole, and people on probation can vote. Ex-offenders should re-register to vote.
- College student living away from home? You may register at your college residence address (on or off campus) or at your permanent home address, but only at one of these places; see more information.
- Homeless? You may register as long as you maintain a fixed location where you can receive mail and at which you can be assigned to a precinct; see more information.
- If You are 16 Years of Age, You can Pre-Register
You can Register Online!
You can Register via Paper Form
- In Santa Barbara:
4440-A Calle Real
Santa Barbara, CA
(805) 568-2200 FAX: (805) 568-2209
- County Elections offices in North County and further information: see SBCvotes.com.
- post offices
- most government offices
- DMV and other public buildings
- some banks
- some savings and loan associations
- League of Women Voters office by appointment only, (805) 965-2422
You Must Re-Register if You:
- Have moved since you registered
- Changed your name
- Wish to change party affiliation
If You Have Just Moved:
Registration closes 15 days before each election. If you have moved anywhere in the state within 15 days of any election and are validly registered at your previous address, you may vote by returning to your former precinct or by Vote-by-Mail (absentee) ballot.
The Election Calendar
PRIMARY ELECTIONS: even numbered years. Choose party nominees (national and state) and elect nonpartisan officials (state and county). You need to be a member of the party to choose a party's nominees.
GENERAL: November, even numbered years. Elect national and state officials; hold run-off elections, if needed, for nonpartisan offices.
CITY: Most Cities: November, even numbered years. Santa Barbara: November, odd numbered years. Elect city officials. SCHOOL: All school districts: November, even numbered years. Elect school district officials.
SPECIAL DISTRICTS: November, odd numbered years (some exceptions). Elect members of special district boards.
SPECIAL ELECTIONS: Fill vacancy, recall, decide on bond issues or ballot measure.
BALLOT MEASURES: May be included in any election
WHEN TO VOTE: On election day, the first Tuesday in November, Polls are open from 7 A.M. to 8 P.M. According to law, you may, by arrangement with your employer, take up to 2 hours off from work to vote at the beginning or end of your shift without loss of pay.
VOTING BY MAIL: Any voter may request a Vote-by-Mail ballot ("absentee ballot") for one election or permanently. You don't need a medical excuse, nor do you need to be out of town on Election Day to utilize this service. You may mail in your "VBM" ballot, bring it in to a County Elections office, or bring it to the polls. More information here on the procedure, deadlines, and special situations.
Voter Registration Drives
Anyone distributing voter registration cards in California should be familiar with the rules and regulations for conducting voter registration drives.
We hold registration drives thoughtout the year as well as register voters at our events. Contact us if you would like to help register voters: VoterServ [at] LWVSantaBarbara.org
LWVSB member Bill Marks registering Carpinteria High School seniors
It's Time to Sign up, Get Ready, and Vote!
Help is here-at all the public libraries in our region!
It is available on ONE DAY – National Voter Registration Day. That is Tuesday, September 25.
Our Santa Barbara region is joining thousands of sites across the US to get us all ready to vote. We want every citizen to have that chance to choose who and what will govern us. In every election, non-voters can have a huge impact on the results. Don’t be a non-voter!
The Public Libraries and the League of Women Voters have partnered to offer help to register and to get ready to vote on September 22, 2020 (this year we will do it virtually online). Our participating libraries are: Goleta, SB Central, Eastside, Montecito, Carpinteria, Buellton and Solvang.
The Housing Authority of City of SB may also have a Virtual Voting Registration and Preparation Party that day for residents at Presidio Springs Community Center, on Laguna Street, from 4 to 6 pm.
We will be electing our Representative in Congress - in the US House, our senator in the US Senate and our California Governor, among others, on Election Day, November 6. You don’t have to vote on everything on the ballot! Pick your candidates and your issues and vote on those! Read Your Voter Information Guides from CA and from SB County for info in October. Practice on your sample ballot in the Guide. Get registered, then vote on your official ballot.
Register to vote! TO CHECK YOUR CURRENT voter registration, go online to: VoterStatus.sos.ca.gov.
REGISTER AGAIN IF you have moved, or if you have changed your name. You can go to RegistertoVote.ca.gov to register online. Also Pre-Register at 16-17 and then Vote at 18.
If you are already registered, great! Would you please help us Get Out the Vote???!!!
Here is how to help: Come to the library to Pledge to Vote or to pick up stickers that say I WILL VOTE. These are for yourself and your nonvoting friends. These things can make us more likely to vote!
In the June Primary Election, fewer than half the registered voters in SB County actually voted! So - Vote for people with your values and strengthen our Community.
As EnviroVote project students at SB High School said about voting,
Research Your Choice, Find Your Voice!