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Monday, November 05, 2007

Election Day Get-Out-The-Vote Info

Who gets to vote...
Only registered voters in the City of Santa Barbara have a ballot for this election. Voters who live outside city boundaries in "Noleta" (any home past Modoc Road and Hollister/State Street and before the City of Goleta), Mission Canyon, Hope Ranch, Goleta, UCSB and most of Montecito (unless you live on or very near Coast Village Road where you probably really live in the City of Santa Barbara) will not have a ballot in this election. Is that clear enough? This list may not be exhaustive so please feel free to add past the obvious like Carpinteria.

Not sure where your polling place is?
See this list of polling places in PDF format provided by the City Clerk or contact their office at (805) 564-5309. If you didn't get a sample ballot in the mail, you still can go to your closest polling place and will likely be on their list and be able to vote if you are registered.

Still have an absentee ballot?
You can take it to any polling place in the city on the list above until the polls close at 8 PM and make sure your vote is counted.

Want to see a sample ballot?
Here's what your ballot will look like -- again in PDF format.

What's at stake?
Three council seats and a measure which would change all city elections to even numbered years -- proponents say this would save money and allow for greater participation as even numbered years have more voters. Opponents say the council members want another year on their term. You decide what is more important in the long run....

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Voters who care enough to get out and vote on Measure A don't really care about increasing the numbers of voters at other elections who don't vote today.

Prediction: Big defeat.

11/05/2007 11:19 PM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

Are we that egotistical? I'm not so sure off-year voters aren't supportive of more democracy...

11/05/2007 11:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh yeah, hooray.

Let's get out and vote for the great selection of council candidates we have this year. Same "deer in the headlights" paralysis will occur regardless of which NIMBY we elect.

So sad...

11/05/2007 11:46 PM  
Anonymous sa1 said...

What a boring campaign.

It's time we get some conservatives elected so we can have some salacious scandles to kick around next time...

11/06/2007 7:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Democracy is a privilege; not a convenience. Work for it. Get off your duff and actually vote when given a chance and stop demanding it be handed to you on a silver platter on terms that only suit you.

11/06/2007 8:58 AM  
Anonymous Don Jose de la Guerra y Noriega said...

We've got to find out what happened to the construction of the Granada Garage--the budget, the final expenses, and certain fiascos in the design and approval process. This is where the skeletons are buried and could tell us who to vote for.

God help us if we undertake the construction of another parking garage with the same team.

11/06/2007 9:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Opponents also point out the serious issues of even greater advantage to incumbents, as well as the issue of voter fatigue by the end of a very long ballot in even-year elections.

11/06/2007 9:35 AM  
Anonymous Annexation Time said...

There are a few islands of county jurisdiction within the city's boundaries that do no vote on city issues. The Las Positas Valley and Apple Peach Grove area (between Showgrounds and Hitchcock Road) are two areas that enjoy the city but are deprived of pariticipating in our right and duty.

11/06/2007 12:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could someone ask Bob the turtle how I should vote?

11/06/2007 3:12 PM  

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