The Best of Santa Barbara® Readers’ Poll is back for another year!
Tell us who you think is the leader of the pack in 2021.
Here’s how it works:
Nomination Period: From June 10 – July 7, you will determine who deserves to be a nominee for each category by nominating your favorites below. Please nominate in at least 20 different categories! Once the nomination period is over, we will create the voting ballot directly based on your responses. The number of final nominees in each category will vary based on the number of nominations received in that category.
In keeping with our mission to support our community, only locally-based businesses are eligible to be on the final ballot. Chains or big box stores will be disqualified.
Voting Period: Voting will be open from August 5 – September 1, when you can vote for your favorite nominees in each category online at independent.com/bestof2021. Each voter is required to vote in at least 20 categories for their votes to be counted. Voters can only vote once in each category once.
Results: Once the voting period is over we will tally up the winners and publish them in our annual Best Of Santa Barbara® issue hitting stands October 21.
Please note, all nominations and voting will be done exclusively online. There will be no paper ballots.
Don’t see a category that fits your favorite Santa Barbara spot? Let us know!
Tips for a successful nomination ballot:
1. For each category you would like to nominate in, type your answer in the box.
2. Click the “nominate” button to the right.
3. Your nominations will register as you go through the ballot. There is not a final “submit” button. Don’t worry! As long as you are clicking the “nominate” button after each nomination, we are getting your nominations!
4. You need to nominate in at least 20 categories for your votes to count.
5. You can only nominate once per category.
6. Do not nominate chains or big-box stores. There are so many local business owners who are doing an incredible job. Let’s continue to uplift our community by supporting them.
7. You are able to nominate and change your nominations up until July 7, 2021, at 11:59pm PST
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