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This is the time to check for missing elections material

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John Palminteri
Voters have been asked to contact the elections office if they haven't received their materials for the General Election.(Photo: John Palminteri)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Voters who have not received their election materials by now are being asked to notify the Registrar of Voters office.

230,000 vote by mail ballots have been sent out to registered voters in Santa Barbara County. They arrived the week of September 28. Many voters found everything they needed that week.

At that time, Registrar of Voters Joe Holland said he was able to get materials to Santa Barbara County voters many days ahead of the official start of the November 3 General Election which kicked off October 5.

He also said, if voters who expected materials did not receive them by October 12, they should double check that their information is correct with the county.

That can be done at : Santa Barbara County Elections Division

One of the most common problems is when a voter moves and does not update their address. Changes to your registration take only a few minutes.

The office also requests that you change and update your signature if it currently does not resemble the one on your voter registration forms.

Voter Mary Michael O'Brien delivered her ballot to the Santa Barbara County Administration Building at lunchtime with a smile hidden behind a mask and said,  "I have my ballot."


Looking at the 800 pound special vote by mail ballot box she said, " how do we do it?"   Once she put it in the slot she gave herself a cheer.
For O'Brien, the process had no snags.  She said, "No problems. "


Ballot security from the elections office to the voter and back is a top priority and a partnership.


Voters coming at a steady pace said they felt very secure with the boxes.

Jane Brody said, "I feel great about this about this. As long as it is picked up in an  appropriate fashion."
Another voter said she decided to drop it off at the box and not mail it this time.

Shannon Coburn has no worries about the post office but went on to say "not that there's anything wrong with that   but you just never know.   There's    a little shadow of a doubt now."


Your signature has to match the one on your registration form,  or the one on your driver's license if you registered at the DMV or on line with the state.

"I don't remember that you're supposed  to match your driver's license.  I went back and checked  I don't remember that being one of the conditions," said Pam Scott.
With each ballot getting dropped off, comes a sense of relief and anxious anticipation.

For Brody,  "I just feel so good that I am able to partake in this election and I just  hope that it all proceeds  fairly."

(A complete voter guide is on the NewsChannel 3 website)

Politics / Santa Barbara- S County / Santa Maria - Lompoc - North County

John Palminteri

John Palminteri is senior reporter for KEYT NewsChannel 3 and KCOY 12 Central Coast News.

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