REGISTER to VOTE
You must have registered by October 19
to vote on November 3.
Call (805) 568-2200 for questions about voting or to determine your voter registration status.
See Voter Registration in California from the League of Women Voters.
See Voter Registration from the Secretary of State of California.
If you are a voter in the City of Santa Barbara, you may have received a mailing from the "Official Non-Partisan Voter Guide". The League of Women Voters did not authorize use of our name or logo on this unofficial, partisan campaign piece.
The League NEVER EVER endorses or opposes candidates.
The League of Women Voters held forums for the Council and Mayoral candidates. These forums were taped and are now being broadcast on Channel 17 (schedule)
"TOURING WITH the CANDIDATES"
The League's popular "Touring with the Candidates" is now online! You can watch the Tours for Mayoral and Council candidates.
"Touring" will also be shown on Channel 17 (schedule). This year the Council Tours will be shown in two parts because there are so many candidates. For schedules, see the page for each race (Mayor or Council).
The Santa Barbara City election is vote-by-mail. You will receive a vote-by-mail ballot automatically, even if you usually vote in person. BE SURE TO KEEP the ballot packet that you receive from the City. It will contain not only information about the election, but also your ballot.
Mail your completed ballot (it must be RECEIVED by Nov. 3) in the postage-paid envelope provided, or you may drop it off at one of several locations. See <http://sbcityvote.org> for the locations, which will be open on Saturday, Oct. 31 and Tuesday, Nov. 3.
The City has provided information about the election at SBCityVote.org.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT the ALL-MAIL ELECTION:
VOTING IS EASIER THAN EVER -- BUT HOW DO I DO IT?
Frequently Asked Questions
1. When will the drop-off centers be open?
Saturday, October 31, 2009, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, 2009, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. See <http://sbcityvote.org> for locations.
Will I be able to mark my ballot there?
Yes, voters can bring their Vote-By-Mail ballot to the drop-off center and vote in a voting booth.
2. Will the City Hall drop-off location also be open during all city office hours after Oct. 5, or only on those 2 days?
Yes, City Hall-City Clerk's Office will be open during regular business hours to receive ballots from October 5 through Election Day, November 3, 2009. See <http://sbcityvote.org> for location, phone, and other information.
3. Does the City handle the voter registration for this election?
Registration is through the County, and is the same as for all elections. You need to re-register if you have moved or changed your name. For questions about Voter Registration, please call 568-2200 or visit the County Elections website.
4. If I register between October 5 and October 19, will my ballot be mailed to me?
Yes, but if you need to vote before it arrives, see Question #5.
5. What happens if my ballot never arrives? If I lose it? If I spoil it? If the dog eats it? If I lose the envelope but the ballot is OK?
Call or visit City Clerk's Office to obtain a replacement ballot or envelope. See <http://sbcityvote.org> for contact info.
6. How will provisional ballots be handled? Will they be different from the regular Vote-By-Mail ballots?
Pink envelopes will be used for provisional ballots. The ballots, whether a voter received in the mail or provisional, are the same.
7. How will I know whether my provisional ballot has been counted?
Contact the City Clerk's Office directly.
8. If I go to a drop-off location, will it have a voting machine? An Auto-Mark?
No. Unfortunately, the City does not receive federal funding, like the County; therefore, the City is exempt from providing such a system. However, the Election Workers will be available to assist a voter with special needs or the voter can bring their own representative to the drop-off center to assist them.
9. When must the City receive my ballot? Does the postmark count?
By Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, 2009, at 8:00 p.m. Postmarks do not count--the City must physically receive ballots no later than Tuesday, November 3, 2009, at 8:00 p.m.
10. How do I find out who is contributing money, who is receiving money, and how it is being spent?
Go to the City's Campaign Finance page, http://www.netfile.com/agency/csb/
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