County of Santa Barbara

Voters Urged to Use Official County Elections Ballot Drop Boxes

Ballot Drop Box Location List Enclosed
Deadline to Register to Vote is
Monday, Oct. 19

Santa Barbara County Elections is responding to recent reports of groups or individuals promoting unofficial ballot drop boxes not affiliated with Santa Barbara County Elections. In some instances, these ballot drop boxes are promoted as “official” or “secure.” However, the use of unauthorized, non-official ballot drop boxes is prohibited by state law.
Voters who want to return their ballot via a drop box should only use official county drop boxes that are clearly recognizable, designed to meet state standards for security, and bear the official Santa Barbara County Elections logo, as shown here.  
The public can view an image of each of the 30 official Santa Barbara County Elections drop boxes shown installed at each location and the address at
County Elections installed 30 secure ballot drop boxes throughout the county to assist voters in the safe and secure return of their voted ballot directly to the Elections office. Additionally, each of the official 35 polling place locations open starting October 31 through Election Day will have a ballot reception station located outside the polling place entrance to provide another safe option for voters to return their ballot.
Elections staff are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying potentially illegal ballot drop boxes by calling 800-SBC-VOTE or (800) 722-8683. Please help protect the rights of all registered voters to cast their ballot

Tips for Voters: 

  • Make a plan to vote. You can return your vote-by-mail using the prepaid postage return envelope or by bringing it to any official drop box, voting location, or county elections office.

  • Voters can also choose someone to return their ballot. Only choose someone you trust to return your ballot. You and the other person must sign the back of the return envelope. Never give your ballot to someone else unless you have completed, signed, and sealed the return envelope
    • Sign up for ballot tracking to get automatic notifications by text message (SMS), email, or voice message about the status of your ballot voted by mail or drop box. 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.
      • Get information on voting from the trusted official sources, which are the Santa Barbara County Elections office and the Secretary of State. Resources for Santa Barbara County voters are available at The Secretary of State has resources for California voters at

      Deadline to Register to Vote is Monday, Oct. 19

      To register to vote, forms are available online at or and paper applications can be found at most US Post Offices, Registrar of Voters Offices or the Department of Motor Vehicles.

      County Elections Office Locations & Hours

      The three election offices in the county listed below are now open for voting, voter registration and voter questions through Election Day, November 3.


      Santa Barbara
      4440-A Calle Real
      8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday, except holidays
      401 E. Cypress St, Room 102*
      8 a.m. to noon, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday, except holidays

      To better serve voters, the Lompoc Office will move to the Lompoc Veteran’s Memorial Building at 100 E. Locust starting October 22, 2020
      Santa Maria
      511 E. Lakeside Parkway, Suite 134
      8 a.m. to noon, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday, except holiday

      Ballot Drop Box Locations

      Secure ballot drop boxes are located throughout the county to return voted ballots 24 hours a day until 8 p.m., November 3. The locations of ballot drop boxes were selected based on the following criteria:

      • Geographic distribution throughout the county
      • Where possible, placed in locations in areas not covered by Polling Place locations
      • Proximity to underserved voter population and lower permanent Vote by Mail registered populations
      Each Drop Box has been identified as a Drive-Up, Walk-Up, or both, and whether the box is accessible, please see below for details at each location.
      Buellton City Hall  - Accessible/Drive-Up/Walk-Up
      107 W. Highway 246
      Carpinteria City Hall - Accessible/Drive-Up/Walk-Up
      5775 Carpinteria Ave. 
      Casa de las Flores - Walk-Up
      4090 Via Real
      Goleta City Hall - Accessible/Walk-up
      130 Cremona Dr.          
      Goleta Valley Community Center - Accessible/Drive-Up/Walk-Up
      5679 Hollister Ave. 
      Isla Vista Foot Patrol Sheriff Substation - Accessible/Walk-Up
      6504 Trigo Rd.         
      Southcoast Church - Accessible/Walk-Up
      5814 Cathedral Oaks Rd.          
      Guadalupe City Hall - Walk-Up
      918 Obispo St. 
      Lompoc City Hall - Accessible/Drive-Up/Walk-Up
      100 Civic Center Plaza
      Lompoc Public Library - Accessible/Walk-Up
      501 E. North Ave.
      Santa Barbara County Department of Social Services/Public Health - Accessible/Walk-Up
      1100 West Laurel Ave.
      Vandenberg Village Library - Accessible/Walk-Up
      3755 Constellation Rd.
      Los Olivos
      Los Olivos Branch Library - Accessible/Walk-Up
      2374 Alamo Pintado Ave.
      Manning Park (Lower Manning Park Area 9) - Accessible/Drive-Up/Walk-Up
      449 San Ysidro Rd & Santa Rosa Ln.
      New Cuyama
      Cuyama Valley Recreation District (Montgomery Hall Building) - Accessible/Walk-Up
      4885 Primero St.
      Oak Knolls Shopping Center - Accessible/Walk-Up
      Directly in front of the State Farm Office - across the Parking Lot from Coast Hills Federal Credit Union.
      1108 E. Clark Ave., Santa Maria
      Santa Barbara
      County of Santa Barbara Administration Building - Accessible/Walk-Up
      105 E. Anapamu St. (Anacapa Street Entrance)
      County of Santa Barbara Elections Main Office - Accessible/Drive-Up/Walk-Up
      4440-A Calle Real
      Eastside Branch Library - Accessible/Walk-Up
      1102 E. Montecito St.         
      MacKenzie Park - Accessible/Drive-Up/Walk-Up
      3111 State St. (corner of State and Las Positas)
      San Andres Hardware - Accessible/Walk-Up
      635 W. Micheltorena St. (Corner of San Andres and Micheltorena)

      Santa Barbara City College (West Campus Drop-Off) - Accessible/Drive-Up
      721 Cliff Dr. 
      Santa Maria
      Atkinson Park - Accessible/Walk-Up
      1000 N. Railroad Ave.
      Joe Centeno Betteravia Government Administration Building - Accessible/Drive-Up/Walk-Up
      511 E. Lakeside Pkwy. (parking lot)
      Minami Community Center - Accessible/Walk-Up
      600 W. Enos Dr.         
      Santa Maria Animal Center - Accessible/Walk-Up
      548 W. Foster Rd. 
      Santa Maria Elks - Accessible/Walk-Up
      1309 N. Bradley Rd.
      Santa Maria Public Library - Accessible/Drive-Up/Walk-Up
      421 S. McClelland St. (City Library Parking Garage)
      Santa Ynez Valley
      Stuart C. Gildred Family YMCA - Accessible/Walk-Up
      900 N. Refugio Rd.
      Solvang Veteran's Memorial Hall - Accessible/Drive-Up/Walk-Up
      1745 Mission Dr. (Parking Lot near Library Drop Box)

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