The deadline to register to vote is today, Monday, Oct. 18 for those who live in the city of Santa Barbara and would like to vote in the upcoming General Municipal Election that is being conducted by mail. Registering by today ensures voters receive a mailed ballot.

There a several ways to register to vote.

Register online at
Paper applications can be found at most U.S. Post Offices or the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Register at the Elections Main Office, 4440-A Calle Real; or Santa Barbara City Hall, 735 Anacapa St. during regular business hours. 

What if a voter misses the Oct. 18 deadline?

Eligible citizens who live in the city of Santa Barbara may use the conditional voter registration process through Election Day, available at the County Elections office starting Oct. 19. Ballots cast conditionally will be processed once the Registrar of Voters Office has completed the voter registration verification process. 

“I highly recommend that voters register by the Oct. 18 deadline,” said Joe Holland, county clerk-recorder-assessor. “It ensures that the voter has the opportunity to receive, review and mark his or her ballot and return their ballot in time for the election.

“If a voter is unsure about their voter registration status or needs to change registration information like address, visit the County Elections website at”

Voters can sign up for ballot tracking at to get automatic notifications by text message (SMS), email, or voice message about the status of their vote-by-mail ballot. Voters will be notified once the local Elections Office has received the ballot, once it has been counted, and if there are any issues with the ballot.

The Santa Barbara County Registrar of Voters Office wants to help make the voting process as easy as possible. For questions or assistance, visit or call 805-568-2200.