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Santa Ana Recall Election: Vote-by-Mail With Multiple Options to Submit Ballot

The generalized use of in-person voting may present risks to public health and safety in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

SANTA ANA – April 13, 2020 – In-person Vote Center voting in the City of Santa Ana Special Recall Election, which was scheduled to begin on Saturday, May 9, 2020 and run through May 19, 2020, has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 response. The election will now be conducted as an all-mail ballot election.

Orange County, CA Elections to Conduct Risk Limiting Audit of City of Westminster Special Recall Election Results

Additional auditing of ballots will be conducted to provide strong statistical evidence that the election outcome is correct.

SANTA ANA, CA –  Orange County will conduct a risk-limiting audit beginning Thursday, April 16, 2020. 

The risk-limiting audit is a procedure that provides strong statistical evidence that the election outcome is correct, or has a high probability of correcting an outcome that wouldn't match a full hand count of the ballots. The audit itself requires human beings to examine and verify more ballots in close contests and fewer ballots in contests with wider margins.

Quote by Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley

Orange County Voting Systems to be Checked for Accuracy

Test to take place in preparation for April 7, 2020 City of Westminster Special Recall Election

SANTA ANA, CA - Accuracy testing of Orange County's voting system will take place Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. for the April 7, 2020, City of Westminster Special Recall 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. Due to the response of the COVID-19 pandemic, the building is closed to the public.

Westminster Recall Election: In-Person Voting Cancelled While Multiple Options Remain

The generalized use of in-person voting may present risks to public health and safety in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

SANTA ANA - In-person Vote Center voting in the Westminster Special Recall Election, which was scheduled to begin on Saturday, March 28, 2020 and run through April 7, 2020, has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 response. The following previously scheduled locations will now be closed to in-person voting:

Orange County, CA Elections Certifies Primary Election Results

Highest turnout in Presidential Primary Election since 2000

SANTA ANA, CA - Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley has just certified the official results of the March Presidential Primary Election, held on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.

Total turnout from the election was 50.1% with 79.21% of voters casting their ballot by mail and 20.79% casting their ballot in-person at one of 189 Vote Centers throughout Orange County. The ballots cast for this Presidential Primary (817,844) was 18.2% higher than the 2016 Presidential Primary Election (691,802) and 91.5% higher than the 2012 Presidential Primary Election (426,869). 

Orange County, CA Elections to Conduct Risk Limiting Audit of Presidential Primary Election Results

Additional auditing of ballots will be conducted to provide strong statistical evidence that the election outcome is correct.

SANTA ANA, CA - Orange County will conduct a risk-limiting audit beginning Monday, March 16, 2020. The ballot comparison audit is not required under California law, and is being conducted in addition to the one percent manual tally of precincts.

Vote Center in Santa Ana Closed Temporarily Due to Nearby Criminal Investigation

Nearby shooting did not take place inside of the Vote Center operated by the Registrar of Voters.

SANTA ANA, CA - On Sunday, March 1, 2020 at approximately 4:30 p.m., the Orange County Registrar of Voters received reports that a shooting occurred near the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Santa Ana (the site of one of our Vote Centers). Vote Center staff and voters have been evacuated and are safe. An active criminal investigation is taking place and the Santa Ana Police Department is asking the public to stay away from the vicinity of the area.

Registrar of Voters Message to Orange County Voters: If Possible Don’t Wait to Vote

This election voting is different – Vote Centers are open for 11-days – avoid Election Day congestion by voting in advance of March 3rd.

SANTA ANA, CA – The Registrar of Voters is urging Orange County’s voters to not wait until March 3rd to vote. This election voting is different - new options allow voters to vote in-person over an 11-day window. Vote Centers are open now through March 3, 2020 – for locations and hours visit ocvote.com/votecenter.

Pop-Up Voting Opens Tomorrow in Orange County, CA

Pop-up voting will provide voters even more convenient options to vote in-person or drop off their ballot.

SANTA ANA, CA – Following the successful pop-up voting program in the 2018 midterm election cycle, the Orange County Registrar of Voters is pleased to announce the pop-up voting schedule for the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election with sites ranging from Buena Park to San Clemente. Pop-up voting provides a full mobile Vote Center solution to bring voting to high-traffic locations for a single day.

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.