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80 percent of Santa Barbara voters still holding ballots with one week left

Vote by mail election began three weeks ago

Workers are ready to help at Santa Barbara City Hall during this vote by mail election that also has a drop off station until Election Day November 7. (John Palminteri/KEYT photo)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - With one week to go for the Santa Barbara election about 80 percent of the voters are still holding their ballots.

The latest numbers from the city clerks office shows there are 48,000 registered voters.

Of those, 9,900 have returned, approved ballots.

About 38,000 voters have not yet returned their ballots.

This is a vote by mail election.

The registered voters are deciding on a new mayor, council members in three districts and the possibility of a one percent tax increase for roads, sidewalks, and both police and fire needs.

A replay of the NewsChannel 3 mayoral debate is airing at 7 p.m. on our NOW Channel on 3.2 or Channel 13.

Inside Santa Barbara City Hall there's a special table with workers on duty all day to assist anyone who wants to cast a ballot or has an election question.  Ballots and election materials are on hand.  

There is also a full screen TV with election information, including district boundaries and candidate profiles.

None of the ballot results will be released until after 8 p.m. on Election Day November 7.

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