All classes will take place at the Orange County Registrar of Voters office located at 1300 South Grand Avenue, Building C/Santa Ana, CA.
There is no cost to attend the Election Academy. It is a complimentary program provided by the Registrar of Voters.
Students will learn the fundamentals of candidate filing, candidate statements, and ballot designation rules and regulations.
They will also learn about campaign finance, including filing requirements, deadlines, and legal regulations.
The participants will be walked through the process of building a ballot including learning about ballot types, random draw, rotations, translations, recording and producing the audio ballot and the development of the sample ballot.
The third class will cover connecting with voters. It will feature a media panel of reporters, bloggers, former candidates and consultants who will discuss media coverage surrounding elections.
Students will gain an understanding of the voter registration process, vote-by-mail voting, poll worker recruitment, outreach and recruiting polling places. Election Day operations will also be covered including the Registrar of Voters Rapid Deployment Team, phone banks and voter contact.
The last two courses will cover results and certification. Participants will learn about ballot security, closing a polling place, handling voting equipment and supplies and processing ballots. Also covered will be provisional ballots, state mandated audits and regulations, the recount process and more.