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Thousands of vote-by-mail ballots arriving in the first week in Santa Barbara County

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The new vote-by-mail ballot boxes are getting a work out this week. Early drop offs are strong.

The County Registrar of Voters office says there are boxes in specific locations countywide including the County Administration Building in Santa Barbara, The Eastside Library, Carpinteria City Hall and the Grainge in Los Olivos. A full list is in the voter guide sent to all registered voters and online with the Santa Barbara County Elections office.

At the Santa Barbara City College box by the Garvin Theater, Barbara Collinson said, "it's one of the most important voting things happening right now, so I am glad I did it early." She called it one of the biggest elections of her lifetime.

Andrew Smith lives in the neighborhood and dropped his off while on a dog walk. "I was decided for quite awhile," he said.

There was a brief review and the marking began. "I studied them when I got the ballot and everything made sense to me so I made my choices."

Voters can drop their ballots off at the special boxes, at the U.S. Post Office, in person at the elections office or at any polling place.

For more information go to the Santa Barbara County Elections Division website.

Each vote-by-mail ballot comes with the "I Voted" sticker which many people enjoy wearing after they deliver their ballot.

This election, Pascucci restaurant on State St. downtown is offering a 10 percent discount on all meals for anyone wearing an "I Voted" sticker, until the election is over.

2020 Presidential Race / Local 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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