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California offers Same Day Voter Registration in 2020

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SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - The deadline to register to vote online in California for the March 3 election was February 18. But this year, California is offering Same Day Voter Registration statewide as a way to expand voting rights and opportunities to its citizens.

Conditional Voter Registration, or Same Day Voter Registration, allows voters to update their registration, including political party preference, and vote up until the close of polls on election day. 

Santa Barbara County said eligible citizens who need to register or re-register to vote within 14 days of an election can complete Same Day Voter Registration and vote in-person at a county elections office or polling place.

Their ballots will be processed and counted once the county elections office has completed the voter registration verification process.

Click here to check if you are registered to vote.

Below is a list of the Santa Barbara County Elections Office Locations and their business hours:

Santa Barbara
4440-A Calle Real
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday, except holidays

401 E. Cypress St, Room 102
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed 12-1) Monday – Friday, except holidays

Santa Maria
511 E. Lakeside Parkway, Suite 134
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed 12-1) Monday – Friday, except holidays

To avoid long lines on election day or for those who will be away from their polling place on March 3, the election offices listed above will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 29. 

On election day, March 3, the County elections offices and polling locations will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for voting.

You can visit the SB County Elections website or use California's Find Your Polling Place tool to find the polling location for your current address.

For questions on Same Day Registration or to locate your correct polling location, voters can contact the County Elections office at 1-(800)-SBC-VOTE (722-8683). 

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