November 9 2012

460,000 Voters on Election Day

Our poll workers assisted hundreds of thousands of voters

1,200 polling places on Election Day handled large numbers of voters. We also had historic numbers of vote-by-mail ballots dropped off at polling places - 112,000.

Neal Kelley
Registrar of Voters

Record Vote-by-Mail Participation

For the first time in Orange County more voters cast a vote-by-mail ballot than a polling place ballot in a Presidential Election. 565,422 versus 460,000 ballots.

New Ballot Tracking Web Feature

We have added a new feature to our website that provides tracking of the estimated number of ballots left to count in each district and city. You can access this new feature from our home page.

Provisional Ballots on Election Day

Provisional ballots cast match statewide percentages
The three main reasons people vote a provisional ballot during Presidential elections are Voter is not registered; Voter is in the wrong polling place; Voter changed their address and did not notify our office. 78,394 provisional ballots were cast in Orange County on Election Day.
Poll Workers 6,328  | VBMs Mailed: 792,524  | VBMs Returned: 565,422

Naturalized U.S. Citizen Tells Harrowing Story on Election Day

This Brea voter had tears in his eyes after voting at this Brea polling place. He said that his first voting experience was in Africa nearly 25 years ago, when his life was threatened and he was told to vote for a specific candidate. After emigrating to the U.S. and becoming a citizen he has never missed an election (for 18 years). He said he was proud to participate as a voter in free elections and proudly displayed his "I Voted" sticker.