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Heads Up OC Voters - 3-Page Ballot Likely for June 2018

April 5, 2018 - As we continue the detailed and complex process of building the ballot it has become quickly apparent that most, if not all, ballot types in Orange County will stretch to 3-pages (unlike 2016 when most ballot types were 2-pages).

The reason for this is pretty straightforward - for instance:

  • There are 27 candidates for Governor
  • There are 11 candidates for Lt. Governor
  • There are 8 candidates for Secretary of State
  • There are some Assembly and Senate contests with 10 or more candidates
  • There are some Congressional contests with 15 or more candidates

You get the idea - combine this with countywide contests, state propositions and local contests and you end up with a lengthy ballot. This will also change the amount of postage required to return a ballot - from $.50 to $.71 (which will be messaged clearly in our vote-by-mail instructions).

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Polling Place Recruiting Becoming More Difficult, by the Day

April 1, 2018 - It is increasingly difficult to recruit polling places, for a variety of reasons. For instance, a long-time polling place in an apartment complex clubhouse, located in Westminster (since 1994), recently told us that they no longer wanted to be a polling place due to parking and "space concerns". Voters don't understand these changes and dynamics, which make it demanding for voters and us alike.

This election cycle, in particular, has been challenging due to numerous modernization and construction projects throughout the County. A strong economy can cause downstream effects on the recruitment of polling places. 

We are currently missing 44 polling places - at a time when we should be "locked" for the June Primary. These issues are spread throughout Orange County - here's the breakdown:

  • South County: 25
  • North County: 10
  • West County: 5
  • South Central County: 4
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Automated Registration Starts at DMV in April – Here’s a Few Facts

March 30, 2018 - In just a few days visitors to DMV will experience a new addition when conducting transactions – proactive voter registration options. In 2015 California’s new “Motor Voter” bill was signed into law. However, it could not go into effect until California’s statewide voter database was operational and data issues were solved.

Now, when people conduct driver’s license transactions, they will also be asked to affirm their eligibility to vote and will be given the choice of opting out of registering at that time. If individuals do not opt out the data will be transmitted to the Secretary of State, where eligibility will be verified and names will be added to the voter rolls.

This is not “automatic” registration, such as in Oregon, where people do not have the option to opt out at their local DMV. For the system to be operational, California’s DMV and Secretary of State must ensure that the appropriate firewalls are in place to not register people that are not eligible.

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California Ballot Rotations 101

March 24, 2018 - California has one of the most complicated rotation laws in the country - the order of candidates on the ballot will rotate, depending on where voters live in Orange County.  For most contests we arrange the names of the candidates according to the randomized alphabet for the First Assembly District.  Then for each succeeding Assembly District, the name appearing first in the last preceding Assembly District will be placed last, while the order of the other names will remain unchanged. Got all of that? The practical effect is that while a candidate may enjoy first position on the ballot in one city, they may be last in the neighboring city.

You can view the random draws on our website.

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Voting System Test for Lake Forest Special Recall Election

December 18, 2017 - Accuracy testing of Orange County's voting system will take place Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. for the January 2, 2018 City of Lake Forest 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 (in this case a single ballot style and a single contest). All previous tests of the voting system have proven it to be 100% accurate.

The process is open to the public.

WHAT: Logic and Accuracy Test

WHEN: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

WHERE: Orange County Registrar of Voters, 1300 South Grand Avenue, Building C, Santa Ana, CA

 

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Public Notice of Random Draw for Lake Forest Special Recall Election

December 18, 2017 - Pursuant to California Election Code section 15360 (d) this serves as public notice that we will be conducting a random draw of 1% of our precincts in the January 2, 2018 City of Lake Forest Special Recall Election to be used in a manual tally of votes cast. This manual tally is used to verify the electronic tally of our voting system and the vote-by-mail tally system. The random draw will occur on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. The manual tallies will follow the random draw and will take place until complete. Both processes are open to the public. Our office is located at 1300 South Grand Avenue, Building C, Santa Ana, California.

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Cancellation of Measure "OO", City of San Clemente, Increase in "Hotel" Guest Tax Recount

December 9, 2016 - Today the City of San Clemente officially withdrew their request for a recount of the ballots cast in the 2016 November 8th General Election, Measure OO - City of San Clemente, Increase in "Hotel" Guest Tax contest.

The recount was scheduled to begin on Monday, December 12, 2016 beginning at 9 a.m. and is now cancelled. The final, official certified results of the San Clemente election can be found on our website at ocvote.com.

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Public Notice Measure "OO", City of San Clemente, Increase in "Hotel" Guest Tax Recount

December 7, 2016 - Pursuant to California Elections Code section 15628 the Orange County Registrar of Voters will be conducting a recount of the ballots cast in the 2016 November 8th General Election, Measure OO - City of San Clemente, Increase in "Hotel" Guest Tax contest.

The election was conducted on November 8, 2016. The recount process will begin at the Registrar of Voters office, 1300 South Grand Avenue, Building C, Santa Ana, on Monday, December 12, 2016 beginning at 9 a.m. Details on the recount status will be located on our website at ocvote.com.

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November 8th Presidential General Election final ballot counting complete and certified

December 6, 2016 – Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley has just certified the official results of the Presidential General Election held on November 8, 2016.

Total turnout from the election was 80.7% with 45.3% of voters casting their ballot by mail and 33.6% of voters voting in their polling place. 2% of voters chose to vote early in one of six Orange County Vote Centers. In the 2012 Presidential General overall turnout was 67.3%, vote-by-mail voting was 34.2% and polling place voting was 32.8%.

The Orange County Registrar of Voters produces detailed reports focusing on overall turnout, turnout by precinct, turnout by districts, turnout by cities, and more. These detailed reports can be found in the "Results" section by visiting ocvote.com.

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Post Election Rundown: Some facts about OC turnout and precinct comparisons

November 27, 2016 - Overall turnout for the 2016 Presidential Election is currently 10.2% higher than the 2012 Presidential Election. Overall turnout for the 29th State Senate District is 12.9% higher than the 2012 Presidential Election. A fact often overlooked is our extensive list maintenance that took place in 2013 - reducing overall registration by 350,000 countywide. The practical effect? In 2012, a precinct with 500 registered voters and 135 voters voting, would show a turnout of 26%. That same precinct, in 2016, with 350 registered voters and the same number voting (135) would show a turnout of 37.14%.

We've taken a close look at the 318 precincts that have the same precinct number in both 2012 and 2016, and have at least 1 voter registered in the 29th Senate District.

155 of these precincts had a percentage change in turnout greater than 12.9%, which would be expected, since this is near the median. Some precincts have seen a large increase in turnout percentages for various reasons. Below are examples representing the precincts with the highest increase in turnout percentage:

  • Precinct 13091 saw an increase of 50% turnout, which is the highest increase in this district. In 2012, the precinct had 6 registered voters, and 3 votes. In 2016, there are 3 registered voters and 3 votes.
  • Precinct 17628 had the next highest increase in percentage turnout. The current percentage turnout in this precinct is actually lower than the average turnout for the 29th State Senate District. The reason for the sharp increase is due to a low turnout in 2012. The low turnout in 2012 can be attributed to an unusually large turnout in precinct 17624, which was at the same polling place. Although voters were given a correct ballot, the precinct number was incorrectly reported as 17624.
  • Precinct 13391 had an increase in turnout percentage of 33.6%. The boundaries of this precinct changed in 2016 due to recent changes in district boundaries. The registration dropped from 547 voters to 86 voters, and this precinct became an all vote-by-mail ballot precinct. 

The examples above demonstrate the reasons for large changes in turnout percentage. 

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