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Orange County, CA Elections Updates Election Observer Guidelines for Vote Centers

Election observation materials and trainings will be provided to the public in advance of the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election.

SANTA ANA, CA – Each election in Orange County, the Orange County Registrar of Voters invites members of the public to observe the election process. Election observers are permitted to observe Vote Centers operations, including opening and closing procedures, view all activities at the central counting site, view mail ballot and provisional ballot processing, and much more.

With the implementation of the new Vote Center model, the Orange County Registrar of Voters is taking several steps to provide updated information on election observation to the public. In preparation, the 2020 Election Observer Handbook is available in the Orange County Registrar of Voters’ online Election Library. There will also be two Election Observer Guidelines Trainings for attendees to learn about the do’s and don’ts for election observers and how voting and elections will be changing with the implementation of Vote Centers.

February 13, 2020                                                                                           
Buena Park Community Center                                                                      
6688 Beach Blvd.                                                                                             
Buena Park, CA 90621                                                                                    

February 15, 2020
Marina Park Community Center
1600 W. Balboa Blvd.
Newport Beach, CA 92663

Quote by Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley:

"My team and I are committed to ensuring that voting and elections are conducted in an open and transparent manner with integrity that increases the public’s trust and confidence in elections in Orange County. These materials and trainings are offered to the public in advance so they are aware of what is permitted by law and how they can prepare ahead of time if they plan to observe election and voting procedures.”

All voters will receive a vote-by-mail ballot starting in the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election and all voters can check their registration, re-register, and register to vote at For more information, call 714-567-7600 or visit

To access the 2020 Election Observer Guidelines Handbook, please visit the Election Library at


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About the Registrar of Voters:
The Registrar of Voters is responsible for conducting elections in the County of Orange, the fifth largest voting jurisdiction in the United States with 1.6 million registered voters. We are a County agency, which receives funding from the County's General Fund and periodic reimbursement from the federal government, the State of California and local jurisdictions. Read more >>

Media Contacts:
Neal Kelley
Registrar of Voters

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Orange County Registrar of Voters

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