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Want to track the battle for delegates in Orange County?

April 30, 2016 - Each political party in California has their own rules for how candidates will win delegates on June 7th. What is fairly common though is that they by and large award them based on results from each of California's 53 congressional districts (check each party's website for their specific rules).

Orange County has 6 congressional districts (39th, 45th, 46th, 47th, 48th and 49th). Our new cutting-edge mapping system will allow you to drill down by congressional district on Election Night and see how each candidate did precinct by precinct! Color coded results will make it simple to see who won in each congressional district and more! Check out our beta version now to become familiar with how it works before June 7th!

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Orange County's Voting Tip of the Day: A table of contents is worth a 1,000 words

April 27, 2016 - We are now including a table of contents in our newly redesigned sample ballot, which we will begin mailing tomorrow. A table of contents is not really a novel concept - so what's the big deal? It's difficult to insert a table of contents in a sample ballot that has hundreds of variations - especially when you are designing a complex ballot. However, we've made it work by including sections in the sample ballot - so now a voter can easily find specific instructions, candidate statements, and their "practice ballot". Section numbers are bold and on the top right - allowing for quick and easy navigation. Look for your sample ballot in your mailbox soon!

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Orange County's Voting Tip of the Day: Your ballot will only take $.47 to mail

April 26, 2016 - We are preparing vote-by-mail ballots in advance of mailing them on May 9th. In fact today we've prepared 79,507 (on our way to 750,000+). So how much will it take to mail your vote-by-mail ballot back to us? The answer is simple - it will take just 47 cents since every ballot will be less than 1 oz. As a reminder, postage for a first-class stamp dropped to 47 cents on January 16th of this year. You can mail your ballot up to and on Election Day (although we recommend you mail early to avoid any postal delays). So whether you use a Forever Stamp or a single 47-cent stamp - we'll be looking for your ballot soon.

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Orange County's voting tip of the day: Check your party registration!

April 25, 2016 - We will be mailing sample ballots to Orange County voters in just a few days. It's always important to verify how you're registered - especially in a primary election. Why? Because some parties will not allow No Party Preference (NPP) voters (formally known as "Decline to State") to vote in their primary election, such as the Republicans, Peace and Freedom and Green parties. All of your options can be found in our helpful web pages devoted to NPP options. It takes just a few minutes to review your choices!

When your sample ballot arrives flip it over and check how you're registered or you can do it online at ocvote.com/registration.

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Yesterday was deadline under federal law to send out military ballots. We had 15 right at midnight!

April 24, 2016 - Yesterday was exactly 45 days before the June 7th Presidential Primary Election. This is an important day as it marks the deadline under federal law to ensure all military and overseas ballots are sent. On Friday, the day before the deadline, we processed 284 ballots for requests received on Friday. We were in at midnight last night to ensure any military ballots requested on Saturday were processed and sent. Right before midnight 15 additional requests came in - great to know that our men and women overseas will be participating in this upcoming election! #beready2016

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Orange County's Voting Tip of the Day: 34 US Senate Candidates = 1 Choice

April 23, 2016 - Yes it's true, there are 34 candidates running for U.S. Senate. What's important about this? Keep in mind that you can only vote for 1 of these candidates - don't vote for more than 1 or your vote won't be counted - and we don't want that! This contest will appear on a single page on your vote-by-mail ballot with the candidates in two columns. It is clearly marked that you can only vote for "1" and that the contest extends onto the next column. Take your time and make your selection by marking one candidate - simple as that.

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Not all voters can vote for president in the presidential primary. What should you do?

April 23, 2016 - What used to be called “party affiliation” is now called “party preference” according to California law. If you did not choose a political party when you registered to vote, you are a No Party Preference voter, or NPP for short (previously known as “Decline-to-State”). If you fall into this category you have three choices for the upcoming June 7th election: 

If you do not normally receive a ballot in the mail for every election you can apply online now and make your choices!  Plan ahead before voting and make it easy on yourself!

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Tracking a ballot through the military postal system? We're working on that!

April 15, 2016 - We are proud to be working with the Council of State Governments and the Federal Voting Assistance Program on a pilot project to track military ballots through the USPS and militatry postal system (and back). Why is this important? Members of the military are sent their ballots starting at 60-days before an election. Currently they can track their ballot up to the USPS, but not through the military postal system. This project will allow, a sailor for instance, to track their ballot from our office through the USPS on to their ship and back to our office (and ultimate tally of their vote). This can be viewed on our website and will give confidence to our service men and women that their vote was counted. We will be going live with this project prior to the General Election in November - current testing is going well and we are excited to be involved with this important project.

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We are reaching out to voters in OC. Are you still there?

April 15, 2016 - Orange County voters who have not voted or had any registration activity in the last four years - we are looking for you! Alternate Residency Confirmation postcards, green in color, were sent to voters (in the last few days) who have no voting history or registration activity in four years. These voters have been made inactive. They are still on the voter registration list, and they are still eligible to vote – we just won’t be mailing voting materials to them. They can confirm that they are still registered by returning the postcard, or there is an option to confirm on the voter registration lookup portion of our website at ocvote.com/registration.

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Voter registration surge and how it breaks down in Orange County

April 9, 2016 - The California Secretary of State recently released data that shows that 600,000 online voter registrations have take place in California since January 1, 2016. Here in Orange County we have seen our fair share of that surge, with nearly 35,000 (or 5.8% of the statewide total) new registrations alone since the start of the New Year. We thought we would share with you how these new registrations breakdown by party:

American Independent 1,549
Americans Elect 1
Democratic 14,358
Green 85
Libertarian 370
No Party Preference 10,193
Peace and Freedom 158
Republican 7,577

 
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