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Am I eligible to vote?

You may register to vote if you:
• are a citizen of the United States,
• are a resident of California,
• will be at least 18 years of age as  of the date of the next election,
• are not currently serving a state or federal prison term for the conviction of a felony, and
• have not been found mentally incompetent to vote by a court.

Register to vote online at

If you are under 18, you can pre-register to vote if you meet the following qualifications:

• You are a citizen of the United States,
• You are a resident of California,
• You are not in prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony, and
• You are at least 16 years of age.

How can I check whether I am registered and if the information is current/accurate?

Go to to check your voter registration information to make sure it is current and accurate.

When do I need to update my registration?

1. If you have moved.
2. If you have changed your name.
3. If you wish to change your political party preference.
4. If your signature has changed.

Update your registration here

Can I register to vote using a paper form?
• Yes!
Where can I get a paper registration form?
• Santa Barbara County Elections Office
    4440-A Calle Real
    Santa Barbara, CA
    (805) 568-2200 FAX: (805) 568-2209
• at any post office
• at any library
• at most government offices
• at the local Dept. of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office

Special Situations

Are you a college student living away from home? You may register at your college residence address (on or off campus) or at your permanent home address, but only at one of these places; see more information.

Are you homeless? You may register to vote as long as you maintain a fixed location where you can receive mail and at which you can be assigned to a voting precinct.

When is the next election?

PRIMARY ELECTIONS: Are held in even numbered years. Choose party nominees (national and state) and elect nonpartisan officials (state and county). 

The first Tuesday in November, in even numbered years. Elect national and state officials and hold run-off elections, if needed, for nonpartisan offices.
For further information about upcoming elections, go to the California Secretary of State’s website: 

CITY COUNCIL ELECTIONS: The City of Santa  Barbara will hold elections for Mayor and for three City Council seats (Districts 4, 5, and 6)  on Tuesday, November 2, 2021. This will be the last year that the city holds elections in odd numbered years. In 2024, the city will move to having elections in even-numbered years.

Voter Registration Drives

Anyone distributing voter registration forms in California should be familiar with the rules and regulations for conducting voter registration drives.

We hold registration drives throughout the year and at many of our events. Contact us if you would like to help register voters at

Get the facts before you vote! VOTER'S EDGE, provided by the League of Women Voters, can help you find in-depth information about the candidates and issues appearing on your ballot, and much more. It's as easy as clicking on the link below and simply entering your zip code.


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