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Orange County Election Data Brief: Voters 18-35 years old made up 61% of all new registrations on last day

November 6, 2016 - On the last day to register to vote (October 24th) the vast majority of new registrations were from new voters 18-35 years old - 61% of all of the registrations fell into this category.  6,311 were voters 18-25 years old and 3,176 were from voters 26-35 years old. It was a busy day with a record number of new registrations - here's the total breakdown:

  • 18-25 = 6,311
  • 26-35 = 3,176
  • 36-45 = 2,257
  • 46-55 = 1,856
  • 56-65 = 1,106
  • 66+ =    830
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Orange County's Voting Tip of the Day: Time running out? Mail your ballot by Election Day

November 5, 2016 - With Election Day rapidly approaching we are encouraging voters to mail their ballot as soon as possible. The good news is that recent changes to California law allow voters to mail their ballots on (or before) Election Day. As long as the ballot is post-marked on or before November 8th your ballot will count. Prefer to drop off at a polling place? No problem - we are ready for you. There are nearly 1,100 choices for you at one of our many Orange County polling places. Plus, you don't have to wait in line when you drop off your ballot - just walk up to any poll worker and let them know you are dropping off your ballot - it's that easy! Happy voting!

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Orange County Election Data Brief: The trend continues for young voters and vote-by-mail ballots

November 5, 2016 - With nearly half-a-million ballots returned through the mail, young voters are sitting this election out - at least for now. Just 6% (22,632) of ballots have been returned by voters 18-25 years old. Here's the overall breakdown:

  • 6%, 22,6432, have been returned by 18-25 year olds
  • 9%, 34,181, have been returned by 26-35 year olds
  • 10%, 40,051, by 36-45 year olds
  • 16%, 65,135 by 46-55 year olds
  • 22%, 87,688 by 56-65 year olds
  • 38%, 149,998 by 66+ year olds

Clearly the most active demographic - voters 66+ in age are making sure their vote is cast early. This is good news overall - nearly 50% of Orange County's vote-by-mail voters have cast their ballot early. This will ensure they don't have to wait in line on Election Day, which could see record turnout.

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Orange County Election Data Brief: Who's voting early in-person? It might surprise you

November 4, 2106 - Our Vote Centers, in operation at six locations throughout Orange County, have been very busy. We have processed over 10,000 voters at these early in-person locations. How does the voting breakdown by age? Younger voters are not turning out early in-person - in fact only 717 have voted at our Vote Centers to date. Here is the complete breakdown:

18-25: 717
26-35: 1,111
36-45: 1,215
46-55: 1,777
56-65: 2,255
66+:   1,981 

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Orange County Election Data Brief: Comparing vote-by-mail ballot turnout by party

November 3, 2016 - As of today vote-by-mail returns stand at 384,675 - that is 8.6% ahead of the same period in 2012. How do the returns compare by party? In 2012, the final vote-by-mail ballot returns were made up of 284,647 Republicans, 186,462 Democrat, and 112,438 No Party Preference. As of today the party breakdown by parties is 169,520 Republican, 137,325 Democrat and 74,978 No Party Preference.  In 2012 Republicans returned vote-by-mail ballots at an increased rate of 52.6% over Democrats. As of today Republicans have returned ballots at an increased rate of 23.4% over Democrats.

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Orange County's Voting Tip of the Day: Plan ahead because it will take twice as long to vote

November 3, 2016 - We've done extensive time studies on the November ballot - and here's what we've found out. The November 8th ballot will take the prepared voter (choices known before entering the voting booth) 8 1/2 minutes to vote. How does this compare to the June Primary? The average time it took to vote the June ballot was just under 4 minutes. Because of the length of the ballot this could quickly back up polling place voting. We are urging voters to take the time to vote early so they can avoid Election Day demand - there are 6 early vote centers in Orange County open everyday through Monday - visit ocvote.com/votecenter for details.

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Public Notice of Random Draw for Presidential General Election

November 2, 2016 - 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 November 8, 2016 General 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 Thursday, November 10, 2016 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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Orange County's Voting Tip of the Day: Understand the rules for election observation in our free training

November 1, 2016 - We believe transparency is important and welcome those who wish to observe on Election Day in polling places. However, it's important for members of the public to understand what is (and what is not) allowed in a polling place as an observer. We are offering training for those interested in observing as a member of the public - the training is free and spots are still available for our November 3rd training (which will be taking place at 1:30 p.m. at our Santa Ana office - 1300 South Grand Avenue, Building C). Sign up by visiting our website ocvote.com.

We also provide a detailed Observer Handbook for those who might not be able to attend one of our trainings. You can find this handbook in our Election Library.

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Orange County's Voting Tip of the Day: Be careful to not include two ballots in your envelope

October 28, 2016 - We feel that it's important to remind voters to only include their voted ballot in the ballot return envelope (not additional ballots). Occasionally we receive two ballots in one return envelope - and it almost always is the ballot of the spouse, significant other, child, etc. When two are included it's impossible to determine which ballot should be applied to the voter in the household. To be fair, this is a very small number, but it is our desire to ensure that every vote is counted - take a moment to review that you've only included the ballot you have voted in your return envelope.

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Orange County's Voting Tip of the Day: Voting early can save you delays on Election Day

October 27, 2016 - Think ahead to Election Day for a moment. You might be in a hurry, but it's possible that your polling place will be crowded at the moment you arrive. You can avoid this scenario by choosing the time you want to vote - on your schedule - by visiting one of our six Vote Centers in Orange County. These Vote Centers will be open beginning this coming Saturday, October 29th and will be open everyday through November 7th. Don't have time to vote in-person? Consider voting-by-mail - the fastest growing method of voting in Orange County. 

With either choice you've avoided what could be peak times in your polling place. And in case you're not aware - these ballots are counted exactly like an "Election Day" ballot - there is no difference. Every ballot cast must be counted and is verified by post-election audits.

To find a Vote Center near you visit ocvote.com/votecenter
To request a vote-by-mail ballot visit ocvote.com/mail

 

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