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OC Overseas Ballots Out

September 6, 2014 - Yesterday was exactly 60 days before the November 4th general election. This is an important day for election administrators, which is the first day ballots can be mailed to military and overseas voters. We work to ensure we meet this first day allowed for many reasons - mailing to combat zones, or countries with poor postal infrastructures, requires much longer lead times than mailing a ballot domestically. Plus, these voters need time to return their ballots through the same system. Federal law requires that any additional requests for these ballots must be mailed no later than 45 days before the election.

Yorba Linda Sample Ballots

August 28, 2014 - Today we mailed a little over 40,000 sample ballots to Yorba Linda voters. On October 7th voters in Yorba Linda will cast a ballot in the City of Yorba Linda Special Recall Election. Anyone who is a permanent vote-by-mail voter will begin to receive them beginning the week of September 8th (those who do not receive them automatically every election can request a one-time ballot using the application on the back of their sample ballot or by visiting our website at ocvote.com/votebymail).

Anyone can view the Yorba Linda sample ballot on our website by clicking this link. 

Random Draw Tomorrow

August 13, 2014 - Tomorrow (August 14th) we will be conducting a drawing of letters of the alphabet to determine the ballot order for candidates for State legislative offices for districts that we share with other counties. At the same time the Secretary of State will conduct a random drawing (in Sacramento) of letters that will determine the order in which candidates will appear on the General Election ballot.

The random drawing at the Registrar of Voters will take place at 11:00 a.m. (1300 South Grand Avenue, Building C, Santa Ana) on Thursday, August 14, 2014.

Voter Outreach Concert at the Beach!

August 12, 2014 - In our second partnership with the national organization, Rock the Vote, we will be hosting a special concert on the beach tommorrow at noon. The concert features Orange County band Bristol to Memory, which has donated their time to get the message out about the upcoming November general election. The concert is free and will take place at Aliso Creek Beach, 31131 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach (details on parking can be found on the OC Parks website).

We will be registering voters and signing up volunteers for the November election. Stop by from noon to 2 p.m.!

Election Cross Over

August 11, 2014 - Multiple elections at one time?  Almost.  We will be conducting the Yorba Linda Special Recall election on October 7, 2014.  Just a few weeks later, on November 4, 2014, we will be conducting the Statewide General election.  So what happens when two elections nearly cross each other?  Multiple ballots can cause confusion - but we have a plan in place to help with that.  Voters in Yorba Linda will see yellow return envelopes for their vote-by-mail ballots, while countywide we will be using white return envelopes for vote-by-mail ballots in the November 4th election.  Full details on the Yorba Linda election can be found on our website.

From E to JJ - Measure Letters

August 9, 2014 - Yesterday was the deadline for cities, school districts, special districts, and other jurisdictions to decide if they wanted to place a measure or item on the November 4th ballot.  We have a record number of measures for a general election (30 in fact).  Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley assigns the letters (starting with the last letter used in the previous election) - in this case "D" was the last letter used in June, so we begin with "E".  With so many measures we end up at "JJ".  We have a complete list of the assigned letters and measures on our website.

Candiate Filing Over: Next Stop Elections

August 8, 2014 – Candidate filing has come to an end (although some contests will be extended).  We processed 269 candidates (7 started but did not return).  Of the total 119 used our online candidate filing system, which has grown in popularity (and is the only one of its kind statewide). 21 contests have been extended because the incumbent did not file for re-election. These totals do not include city contests (information on city contests can be found with the city clerk in your community).

A complete list of extended contests (which are extended until August 13th) can be found on our press release.

Public Notice of Random Draw

May 29, 2014 - Pursuant to California Election Code section 15360 (d) this serves as public notice that we will be conducting a random draw of 1% of our precincts (in the Statewide Primary Election) to be used in a manual tally of votes cast. This manual tally is used to verify the electronic tally of our voting system and the vote-by-mail tally system. The random draw will occur on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. The manual tallies will follow the random draw and will take place until complete. Both processes are open to the public. Our office is located at 1300 South Grand Avenue, Building C, Santa Ana, California.

It is the Little Things

April 9, 2014 - Tomorrow we begin the lengthy process of addressing over 1.5 million sample ballot booklets - in preparation for mailing to voters on April 24th.  The booklets, some as long as 58 pages contain voter instructions, important information on the upcoming election, samples of the actual ballots, candidate statements and measure details.

For weeks we have been prepping our equipment, testing and re-testing.  Small jams along the way kept us looking for solutions - and it came in the form of a small bracket.  In order to keep feeders from moving in small amounts we installed these brackets, securing important components during the critical feeding process.  Sometimes it's the little things that matter.

The Ballot Matrix

April 1, 2014 - As we make final ballot preparations we are using a very important tool - our ballot matrix.  This matrix is designed to identify which contests are on each specific ballot, in every city, down to every precinct.  Why is this important?  We must know, for example, what ballots should include a local measure - and where the line is to delete it from a ballot.  In many cases it may run down the middle of a street - so your neighbor across from your house may see a different ballot than what you are voting on.  All of this is done in thousands of voting precincts and translated into eight languages.