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Santa Barbara County gears up for Super Tuesday voters

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Californians are getting ready to hit the polls.

Monday is Super Tuesday Eve, and for the Santa Barbara County Elections Office, they’re making their final push to make sure they’re ready.

Joe Holland is the County Clerk for Santa Barbara County. He said he’s expecting a record number of voters to go to the polls on election day.

So far, more than 52,000 mail-in votes have been received of the 175,000 sent to voters. There are 227,000 registered voters in Santa Barbara County.

“A lot of folks I think have waited until the last minute to cast their ballot," said Holland. "Which is probably a smart decision because as you saw three of the Democratic Presidential candidates dropped out of the race today.”

That means holland is expecting larger crowds voting. To be ready poll workers are making sure they have all the materials they need to be ready for voters.

“The poll workers, they already picked up all of their supplies on Saturday," explained Holland. "So they’re all ready to go. They’re getting up bright and early tomorrow morning the polling place for you to come and cast your ballot.”

There are 86 voting locations across the county. Some are community centers, while others churches. All will have poll workers setting early Tuesday morning. They’ll put out voting booths, pens, markers, ballots, stickers and of course the ballot box.

And to make your voting time faster and easier holland says the voters, like the poll workers, ought to prepare before it’s time to vote.

“When you’re going to vote at a precinct I always recommend to fill out your sample ballot ahead of time, mark your choices so that when you do get into the precinct and you have your ballot, the voting process goes quickly,” said Holland.

On Saturday, Holland said election officials from each of the 86 polling locations received their setup materials for the voting places.

Set up for the voting locations should start at 6 a.m. to be ready for the 7 a.m. start time.

Polls will close at 8 p.m.

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