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Election Day is 2 Weeks Away!

Voting in Orange County is easy and secure; and voters have several options to cast their ballot prior to or on Election Day on March 5.

The Registrar of Voters has created a fact sheet to share important information on the key dates and ways to vote for the upcoming primary election.

Download the fact sheet at ocvote.gov/elections. Click on the 2024 Presidential Primary Election and find it under “Dates, Deadlines and More.”


Bob Page
Registrar of Voters
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Want Your Vote Counted in the First Results Report?
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Vote Early. It’s easy and secure.

We started processing vote-by-mail ballots on Tuesday, February 6. And, we’ve continued to process ballots each day except the past two Sundays. On Monday, February 12, we started to scan accepted ballots to count the votes on them.

We do so because we are committed to getting the votes from as many vote-by-mail ballots as possible into the first unofficial election results report posted at 8:05 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5.

In the three weeks before Election Day, we are generally able to scan the votes on vote-by-mail ballots within a day or two of receiving the ballots if the voters’ signatures are valid, the voters followed instructions for marking their ballots, and the ballots are not damaged.

Note: By law, we cannot tally, access, or release the votes on the scanned ballots until 8 p.m. on March 5.

The first unofficial election results report for the November 8, 2022 General Election contained the votes from about 442,000 of the 518,000 vote-by-mail ballots we received through November 7, 2022.

During the June 7, 2022 Statewide Direct Primary Election, the first unofficial election results report included the votes from about 253,000 of the 327,000 vote-by-mail ballots we received through June 6, 2022.

For more information about the easy and secure ways to cast your vote-by-mail ballot early, visit our website at ocvote.gov/voting.


Secure Processing of Vote-By-Mail Ballots
Secure Processing of Vote-By-Mail Ballots

The Registrar of Voters is committed to the highest standard of election integrity and security.

When the Registrar of Voters receives vote-by-mail ballots, we review the signatures on the return envelope. If they compare to the signatures we have on file from voter registration records, the ballots are accepted and extracted from the envelopes for counting.

Once that happens, a voter’s cast vote is now anonymous. There is no personal information on the ballot itself to identify it as the voter’s. This way, each voter’s privacy remains intact as ballots are scanned, and each vote is processed.

If a voter forgets to sign the return envelope or if three members of the Registrar of Voters team find the signature on the envelope differs significantly from the signatures we have on file from voter registration records, we will mail the voter a statement to sign and return to us to confirm that the voter voted. We will also call or email voters about a signature cure issue if the voters provided that contact information with their registration.

We then compare the signature on the signature cure statement to the signatures we have on file from voter registration records. If three members of our team again find the signatures differ significantly, the ballot will remain in the return envelope and will not be counted.

Voters can visit our website at ocvote.gov/votebymail to download the required signature cure forms, or to view the status of their ballots. Voters can also sign up to receive email or text notifications from OC Ballot Express at ocvote.gov/track.

Need a Replacement Ballot?
Need a Replacement Ballot?

If your vote-by-mail ballot is damaged or you made an error marking it and haven’t cast it yet, you can still get a replacement ballot mailed to you by requesting one online at ocvote.gov/replacement.

You will be asked to confirm your identity before you can apply for a replacement.

The deadline to have a replacement vote-by-mail ballot mailed to you is seven days before an election (February 27).

If you require a replacement vote-by-mail ballot after February 27, you can obtain one in-person at any of our 183 Vote Centers, including the Registrar of Voters at 1300 S. Grand Ave., Building C, Santa Ana, CA 92705. To find the Vote Center closest to you, visit ocvote.gov/votecenter.

Remember: You can only vote one ballot. Attempting to vote more than once is a crime punishable by up to three years in State prison. California Elections Code section 18560

How to Register to Vote After the Deadline
How to Register to Vote After the Deadline

Even if you miss the regular voter-registration deadline at 11:59 p.m. tonight, you can still vote in the 2024 Presidential Primary Election.

California permits same-day registration and voting, also known as Conditional Voter Registration.

You can fill out a conditional voter registration form in-person starting tomorrow at the Registrar of Voters (1300 S. Grand Avenue, Bldg. C, Santa Ana, 92705) or starting Saturday, February 24 at any Vote Center. After completing the conditional voter registration form, you will be issued a provisional ballot.

If you complete the voter-registration form online, you must go to the Registrar of Voters’ office or a Vote Center to complete the registration process and vote a provisional ballot.

If you have any questions on conditional voter registration and voting provisionally, visit our website at ocvote.gov/registration/conditional-voter-registration or call our Voter Assistance Hotline at 714-567-7600 or 888-OCVOTES.

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