Ballots for registered voters in Santa Barbara County are in the mail.
A semi-truck carrying about 200,000 ballots made a brief stop at the county elections office Monday morning before its final stop at the post office.
Santa Barbara County sheriff’s deputies were on hand to provide security and safety protocols were in place to prevent any tampering of the ballots.
Due to the pandemic, all registered voters statewide are being mailed ballots for the November presidential election.
“I’m sincerely hoping that people get that message to vote early. We’ve invested in high-speed scanner tabulators, so if you get your ballot into us by Monday before Election Day, the results of those ballots are gonna go up at 8:00 on Election Day," said Santa Barbara County Clerk-Recorder Joseph E. Holland.
There are currently more than 227,000 registered voters in Santa Barbara County.
Holland says about 50,000 of them will be voting by mail for the first time and reminds voters to make sure to sign their ballot.
More than 30 secure ballot drop box locations will be available across the county by October 5.
Drop boxes will be open 24 hours a day, every day, until 8 p.m. November 3. For a list of locations, visit SBCVote.com.
Election officials say registered voters in Santa Barbara County who do not receive a ballot by Oct. 12 should contact the Registrar of Voters office at (805) 568-2200.
San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder Tommy Gong says ballots for voters there will be in the mail Tuesday afternoon.