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Ballots To Be Mailed Next Week

The Registrar of Voters will start mailing Vote-By-Mail ballots for the 2024 Presidential Primary Election to more than 1.8 million registered voters on Monday, February 5.

In this election, you can vote to nominate candidates for the offices of President of the United States, U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative, and California Assembly Member. You will also be able to vote to approve or reject State Proposition 1 and to elect three candidates to the Superior Court bench.

Based on where you live, you may be eligible to vote for a candidate seeking a seat in the California Senate and on the County Board of Education and County Board of Supervisors. The ballot also contains local measures for the cities of Huntington Beach, Irvine, and Westminster and an effort to recall two members of the Orange Unified School District Board of Education.

Finally, the Orange County Democratic and Republican parties are electing members to their central committees.

To track your vote-by-mail ballot every step of the way, sign up for OC Ballot Express to receive email or text notices at ocvote.gov/track.

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Voter Registration Trends
Voter Registration Trends

Over the past eight years, the number of registered voters in Orange County has increased by 30.84%.

The political party with the most voters in the county has shifted from the Republican Party to the Democratic Party. And, No Party Preference (NPP) voters maintained a consistent share of all registered voters.

2016 Presidential Primary Election

1,395,380 voters

  • Republican Party – 557,789 – 39.97%
  • Democratic Party – 467,491 – 33.50%
  • NPP – 314,120 – 22.51%

January 5, 2024 Report of Registration

1,825,778 voters

  • Democratic Party – 686,672 – 37.61%
  • Republican Party – 610,187 – 33.42%
  • NPP – 417,474 – 22.87%

The voter registration deadline for the 2024 Presidential Primary Election is February 20. You can register or re-register to vote in Orange County online today at ocvote.gov/registration.

Secure Ballot Drop Boxes to Open
Secure Ballot Drop Boxes to Open

On February 5, two-person teams of Registrar of Voters employees will inspect and unlock 122 ballot drop boxes throughout the county for use in the 2024 Presidential Primary Election.

The ballot drop boxes are one of four safe and secure ways Orange County voters can cast their ballot. They:

  • Are installed in locations with high visibility
  • Constructed with reinforced steel walls
  • Weigh more than 1,000 pounds
  • Are bolted into concrete
  • Are individually keyed
  • Contain a fire suppression device

Only teams of two election workers can collect the voted ballots from the drop boxes, following strict chain of custody procedures. The Registrar of Voters tracks the GPS location of ballot collection teams and stays in radio contact with them at all times they are completing their routes. The routes are randomized each day to protect the safety of the employees and the ballots.

Find a Ballot Drop Box near you and learn about all of your options for voting by visiting ocvote.gov/voting.

How to Complete Your Ballot
How to Complete Your Ballot

To ensure your Vote-By-Mail ballot is counted, here are some helpful tips when filling it out: 

  1. Use blue or black ink when filling out your ballot.
  2. Check your ballot for any damage, tears, or unclear marks. 
  3. Remember to sign the envelope before you mail your ballot or drop it off. 
  4. Mail ballots must be postmarked by March 5, so submit your ballot on or before that date. 

For more information on completing your ballot, visit ocvote.gov/voting.

Need a Replacement Ballot?
Need a Replacement Ballot?

If your ballot is damaged when you receive it in the mail or you make a mistake when filling it out, you may request that the Registrar of Voters issue you a replacement ballot.

You can request that a replacement ballot be mailed to you by visiting our website at ocvote.gov/replacement by February 27. You will be asked to confirm your identity before you can apply for a replacement ballot online.

If you require a replacement ballot after this date, you can obtain one in-person at any of our 183 Vote Centers in the county or by visiting the Registrar of Voters at 1300 S. Grand Ave., Building C, Santa Ana, CA  92705.


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