The following information was released by the Orange County Registrar of Voters.
Registrar locks down polling sites for November election
You would think booking a site to use as a polling place would be as easy as booking a hotel room.
You’d have to think again – case in point: We will have nearly 1,200 polling places for the November 6th Presidential Election.
But hundreds of these locations have to be painstakingly researched, measured, and many times negotiated with landlords, owners and renters.
Many venues simply don’t want voters on their property, which makes it difficult considering we must have a site that is accessible to those with disabilities in the correct precinct with the correct ballot.
Despite these challenges we locked polling places today and will begin addressing sample ballots tomorrow.
Readying almost a million sample ballots
We are well ahead of schedule and have approved nearly 1,000,000 sample ballots for our presses.
This means that these ballot types have gone through a rigorous proofing and production process to end up at the point where they can actually be printed and assembled.
Today we received our first shipment of nearly 100,000 sample ballots in preparation for our addressing production that will begin tomorrow.
Being ahead of schedule, and maintaining control of production, means that we can mail the bulk of sample ballots at one time – ensuring a smooth delivery throughout the county.
State voter guides arriving shortly
On Tuesday, the California Voter Information Guides were delivered to Orange County postal distribution centers.
This means that these guides will arrive in voters’ households in the next 3-5 days.
The state voter guide contains useful information for voters, such as U.S. Senate candidate statements, the Voter Bill of Rights, quick-reference guides for voters and detailed information on state Propositions 30 – 40.
This guide does not replace the local sample ballot pamphlet that voters will receive during the week of October 1st.
Online voter registration open for business
Online voter registration was launched statewide today, enabling non-voters to register without using the traditional paper forms.
The online system verifies data through the Department of Motor Vehicles database, which matches the applicant’s driver’s license or identification card number, date of birth and last four digits of their Social Security number.
If the information matches we will then use an electronic image of their DMV signature to complete the application.
Using the system is fast and easy and will enable thousands of potential voters to register before the November election.
The deadline to register to vote for the Presidential Election is October 22, 2012.