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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.  

The Challenges of Electricity

March 30, 2014 - We have been testing our sample ballot printing process for the past several weeks.  This is important because we must work through any issues before we begin addressing 1.4 million sample ballots.  Case in point - as we have been testing our equipment has continually "popped" electrical breakers - causing severe delays in our testing and rattling nerves in the process.  Fortunately we have been able to work through the schematics of the equipment and have isolated the electrical short - allowing us to resume testing and prepare for "live" addressing.  This will become even more important as voters expect to receive their sample ballot on time - and because of testing we'll be ready.

Covers and the Color Orange

March 27, 2014 - Printing covers for over 1.4 million sample ballots takes a little bit of time.  That is why our covers have been designed and are on printing presses as of today.  Voters should recognize their sample ballots when they arrive because we've chosen orange as the official cover for the 2014 June Primary election.  On the back cover voters will be able to locate their polling place and will see an application for a vote-by-mail ballot.  If they receive their vote-by-mail ballot automatically for every election they will see a message telling them their ballot is on the way.  We'll start mailing sample ballots beginning on April 24th.

June 2014 Ballot Assembly Underway

March 25, 2014 - We are underway with the ballot assembly process for the June 2014 Primary Election.  This process will kick into high gear on Thursday, March 27th, when we receive the final certified list of (Assembly, Senate, Congressional, statewide, etc.) candidates from the Secretary of State.  This will combine with our list (which includes local contests) into one master list.  From this we will begin to assemble the building blocks of a very complex ballot - nearly 380 different styles, in nine languages, with complicated rotations (where names rotate from the bottom of a list to the top).

Order of Candidates to be Selected

March 10, 2014 - On Thursday (March 13, 2014) the Secretary of State will conduct a drawing of the letters of the alphabet that will determine how candidates appear on the Statewide Direct Primary Election ballot. The Registrar of Voters shall also conduct a drawing of the letters of the alphabet to determine the ballot order for candidates for State legislative offices when the district includes more than one county.  We will publish the results of the random draw and will update our candidate log to reflect the order of the candidates.

June Primary Election Calendar

November 27, 2013 - We have posted our full 2014 June Primary election calendar online - detailing every critical date, statutory deadlines and requirements.  If you're considering running for office, campaigning, holding registration drives, or are just interested in elections in general, you'll want to check out our comprehensive calendar.

We also have full details on required campaign finance disclosure deadlines for 2014.  And don't forget - candidate filing opens in just a few weeks - on December 27, 2013.

Outreach to the Community

November 28, 2013 - Since 2006 our outreach programs have grown ten-fold.  We are a part of community events from La Habra to San Clemente, and everywhere in between.  In November alone we are involved in 22 events - our main purpose is to recruit election volunteers, register voters and inform the public about voting in general.  Since we launched our new website in 2011 all of our upcoming events can be viewed in our community calendar. 

In 2014 we will continue to expand our outreach operations as we prepare for the upcoming Primary and General elections.

The Steps Taken to Deliver a Ballot

November 21, 2013 - In late September we shipped a ballot to an overseas voter currently living in India. The voter was eligible to vote in the election we conducted for our local retirement system. After the ballot arrived we were contacted by India's Customs Department, inquiring about the nature of the shipment, asking what a "ballot" was (there was a bit of a language barrier), and why we were seeking out this voter.

There was several back and forth "negotiations" asking their customs department to contact this voter in a local village.  The local customs official was helpful and he was able to make contact with the voter, but the voter ultimately declined to cast a ballot.  Just one small example of what it takes to ensure every voter is given the opportunity to vote.