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.
We\'re Looking for a Few Good Interns
November 17, 2013 - With the 2014 elections rapidly approaching we are in search of interested college students to assist us as interns. Some of the duties include:
Many of our previous interns have used this valuable experience to move onto full-time jobs in government and the private sector. Although these positions are unpaid the experience and rewards are worth the time invested. Interested individuals can apply online - we offer flexible schedules and on-site training.
National Change of Address Process Underway
November 15, 2013 - We are in the process of running our voter records against National Change of Address (NCOA) data. Address change information is derived from the U.S. Postal System's Change-of-Address Order, filed by relocating postal customers. There are approximately 2.4 million forms filed each month with the post office nationwide. In Orange County we have identified 58,000 records (filed within about 15 months) where voters have submitted a change of address form. We will be mailing a post card to these voters next week in order to confirm their new address.
Election Academy Graduation
November 12, 2013 - Tomorrow evening 25 members of the community will be graduating from our third Election Academy. The Orange County Election Academy is an 8-week program designed to teach participants about the election process, from ballot creation to final tabulation. Each of our attendeees have told us that they have a strong interest in learning about the electoral process and how to run fair, accurate and transparent elections. The make-up of our newest academy class runs from city officials, elected officals, interested citizens and prospective candidates.
Online Candidate Filing Expands
November 9, 2013 - We started an exclusive online candidate filing program in 2012, a first in California. We are expanding this service to include all contests for the 2014 June Primary Election. We will also continue to expand the service to include contests for the November 2014 General Election. These only include contests where we are the filing officer (not local city contests). Candidates will be able to complete the majority of their filing requirements online, including paying for their filing fees.
California law requires an in-person signature for the final step, but this service allows a candidate to bypass a majority of the previously required in-person filing. Details on our candidate filing services can be found at ocvote.com. Candidate filing opens on December 27, 2013.
Orange County Voting System Check for Accuracy
October 25, 2013 - Accuracy testing of Orange County's voting system will take place Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. for the November 5, 2013 Rowland Unified School District Election.
The Logic and Accuracy test is required by law to be performed prior to each election. Logic and Accuracy tests will include proofing the programming of the ballot, each ballot style and each contest position on the ballot. All previous tests of the voting system have proven it to be 100% accurate.
The process is open to the public.
City of Cypress Election Quality Control Report
October 25, 2013 - Today we released our quality control survey report on the City of Cypress Special Municipal Election, which we conducted on June 25, 2013. Some highlights of the report include:
Retired Employees Election
September 16, 2013 - Are you a retired County of Orange employee? Or do you know a retired County of Orange employee? Most people don't realize, but we also conduct the elections for the Orange County Employees Retirement System. The election we are currently conducting is for the open Retired Member seat on the OCERS board. On Friday we mailed approximately 13,000 ballots to retired employees - they have until October 24, 2013 at 9 a.m. to return their voted ballot to our office.