Important Dates


National Elections - November 3, 2020

The following deadlines apply to the state of California, and might be different from other states within the United States:

Voter Registration Deadline - October 19, 2020

Voter registration cards postmarked on or before October 19 WILL be accepted through Election Day.
Deadline to register to vote using the online registration is 12:00 midnight on October 19 2020. 

The deadline to register to vote in person is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Conditional voter registration is a safety net for Californians who miss the deadline to register to vote or update their voter registration information. Voters can use the conditional voter registration process from the day after the deadline all the way through Election Day. Eligible citizens can go to their county election office, polling place, or vote center to register and vote conditionally. These ballots will be processed once the county elections office has completed the voter registration verification process.

Vote-By-Mail Ballot

All registered voters in California will receive a mail-in ballot.

The early voting period runs from Monday, October 5, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live.

Return by Mail

Ballot return envelopes DO NOT require postage! All ballots must be postmarked by Election Day in order to be counted and must be received no later than 17 days after the election.

Drop Off the Ballot to one of the Elections Office locations:

24-hour drive-up drop boxes are available in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria and Lompoc beginning 29 days before all federal and state elections through 8:00 pm on Election Day!

Please visit the Upcoming Elections page for information on drive-up box locations for local or special elections.

National Elections Day, November 3, 2020  
Polls open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. -

Vote-by-Mail/Mail ballots MUST be received in our office by 8:00 pm on Election Day. If ballot is received after 8:00 pm on Election Day, it may not be counted.

(Voters who have moved from one address to another within the same county and not re-registered may vote a provisional ballot at the polling place for their current (new) address at the office of the county elections official or at any polling place within the county in which you are registered to vote.)