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ABOUT MILITARY AND OVERSEAS VOTING
Military and Overseas voters are:
1. A member of the active or reserve components of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard; a Merchant Marine; a member of the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps; a member of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps of the United States; or a member on activated status of the National Guard or state militia.
2. A citizen of the United States living outside of the territorial limits of the United States or the District of Columbia.
3. A spouse or dependent of a person described in paragraph (1).

As a military or overseas voter who is registered to vote, there are several different ways you can request and receive your ballot and return your voted ballot and signed Military and Overseas Voter Return Envelope/Oaths.

 
REGISTER AND REQUEST AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
In order to vote as a military or overseas voter, you must register using the California Secretary of State Online Voter Registration Form at RegisterToVote.ca.gov/

or complete a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA):
Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program website http://www.fvap.gov/.
FPCA forms are also available at the Voting Assistance Office of any military base or American Embassy/Consulate offices. Or;
Download the FPCA here Federal Post Card Application
For instructions on how to complete this form visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program website http://www.fvap.gov/uploads/FVAP/States/california.pdf
FPCA forms are also available at the Voting Assistance Office of any military base or American Embassy/Consulate offices.
Mail your completed FPCA to the Santa Barbara County Elections Office, PO BOX 61510, Santa Barbara, California 93160-1510.
NOTE:
The FPCA Form MUST be received by the Santa Barbara County Elections Office on or before the deadline, 15 days prior to an election for registering to vote and 7 days before an election to request a ballot if you are already registered. It is recommended that voters outside the United States apply as early as possible to ensure timely delivery and return of their ballot.
 
RETURNING YOUR VOTED ABSENTEE BALLOT

Return by Mail

Your ballot should be mailed in time to be received by the county elections official by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

New regulations allow elections officials to accept vote by mail ballots that are received by mail no later than three days after Election Day if:

(1) The ballot is postmarked on or before Election Day or is time stamped or date stamped by a bona fide private mail delivery company on or before Election Day.

(2) If the ballot has no postmark, a postmark with no date, or an illegible postmark, the vote by mail ballot identification envelope is date stamped by the elections official upon receipt of the vote by mail ballot from the United States Postal Service or a bona fide private mail delivery company, and is signed and dated pursuant to Section 3011 on or before Election Day.

California Elections Code 3102 and 3106 state that a military or overseas voter may return his or her ballot by mail or facsimile transmission

Under California law, while you may receive a blank ballot by email, you may not return a voted ballot by email.

BY MAIL

IF YOU CHOOSE TO MAIL YOUR BALLOT:

Enclose your voted ballot in the ballot return identification envelope, sign, seal and mail to:

Santa Barbara County Elections
Vote By Mail Section
PO Box 61510
Santa Barbara, CA 93160-1510

Or for express courier delivery only to:

Santa Barbara County Elections
Vote By Mail Section
4440-A Calle Real
Santa Barbara, CA 93110

BY FAX

IF YOU ARE OUTSIDE THE TERRITORIAL LIMITS OF THE UNITED STATES, YOU MAY RETURN YOUR BALLOT BY FAX. IF YOU CHOOSE TO FAX YOUR BALLOT:

Fax your voted ballot, completed standard oath and oath of voter to the Santa Barbara County Elections Office at:

(805) 681-4003 or (805) 568-2209.

If you are unable to find the standard oath and oath of voter that came with your ballot packet, please use this Faxed Voted Ballot Form

Remember that by faxing your voted ballot you are waiving your right to secrecy.

DEADLINE FOR FAXED BALLOTS:
YOUR FAXED BALLOT RETURN IDENTIFICATION ENVELOPE AND YOUR OATH(S) MUST BE SIGNED AND RETURNED WITH YOUR BALLOT BY 8:00 P.M. (PST) ON ELECTION DAY.

 
IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED YOUR BALLOT (SPECIAL ABSENTEE BALLOT)
If due to military service or other contingencies you do not receive normal mail delivery, you may vote a Special Absentee Ballot by printing a Sample Ballot and a Special Vote By Mail Signature and Oath Form from this website. Please follow the instructions below.

INSTRUCTIONS TO SPECIAL ABSENTEE VOTERS (MILITARY AND OVERSEAS)

STEP 1 - PRINT THE SAMPLE BALLOT (Available approximately 60 days prior to an election).

STEP 2 – REVIEW THE INFORMATION PERTAINING TO YOUR BALLOT

Local measure information is included in your Sample Ballot.

STEP 3 – MARK/VOTE THE BALLOT (included in the SAMPLE BALLOT packet)

TO VOTE FOR:

A CANDIDATE (if applicable):
Fill in oval next to candidate name(s). Do not vote for more candidates than indicated. This will result in an overvote and your vote for that office will not count.

A MEASURE (if applicable):
Fill in oval next to YES or NO.

Do not vote both YES and NO. This will result in an overvote and your vote on that measure will not count.

QUALIFIED WRITE-IN CANDIDATES (if applicable):
(Write-in votes are valid for qualified candidates only)

Write qualified write-in candidate’s name in the blank space provided. Fill in the oval next to the write-in candidate’s name.

The total number of votes including write-ins must not exceed the maximum number of votes allowed for the contest or your vote for that contest will not count.

STEP 4 – RETURN VOTED BALLOT (SAMPLE BALLOT):

•  Click here to print the Faxed Voted Ballot Form/Special Vote By Mail Voter Signature and Oath Form

•  Complete form and sign your name and date on the signature line.

•  Enclose your voted ballot and the signed form in an envelope and mail to:

Santa Barbara County Elections, PO Box 61510, Santa Barbara, CA 93160-1510

Or for express courier delivery only to:

Santa Barbara County Elections, 4440-A Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93110

STEP 5 – CONFIRM THE RECEIPT OF YOUR VOTED BALLOT BY THE ELECTIONS OFFICE:

•  For Vote by Mail Status, please call 1-800-SBC-VOTE.

 
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR MILITARY AND OVERSEAS VOTERS

 

MILITARY AND OVERSEAS ABSENTEE VOTING INQUIRIES/REQUEST:

For more information, please contact the Vote by Mail Division via:

•  votebymail@co.santa-barbara.ca.us or

•  800-SBC-VOTE or 800-722-8683

 
 
 
 
   
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