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Orange County, CA Elections to Conduct Risk Limiting Audit of Presidential General Election Results

Additional auditing of ballots will be conducted to provide strong statistical evidence that the election outcome is correct.

SANTA ANA, CA - November 8, 2020 - Orange County will conduct a risk-limiting audit beginning Friday, November 13, 2020. The ballot comparison audit is not required under California law, and is being conducted in addition to the one percent manual tally of precincts.

Message to Orange County Voters: If You Plan to Vote In-Person Plan Ahead; Election Day is the Last Day to Vote, Not the First

Many options have been in place for nearly 30 days to allow voters ample time to plan ahead for voting prior to Election Day.

SANTA ANA, CA –October 31, 2020 – The Registrar of Voters is strongly encouraging voters to vote ahead of Election Day (Tuesday, November 3, 2020) if at all possible. Election Day is the end of a 30-day voting period, which has provided voters many options for voting-at-home, or in-person prior to Election Day to avoid congestion.

Vote Center in Westminster Closed Temporarily Due to Suspicious Package Investigation

Suspicious package left outside of a Vote Center operated by the Registrar of Voters is under investigation.

SANTA ANA, CA - On Saturday, October 31, 2020 at approximately 3:50 p.m., the Orange County Registrar of Voters received reports that a suspicious package was left outside of the Westminster Community Services Building in Westminster (the site of a Vote Center). Vote Center staff, voters, and ballots have been evacuated and are safe. An active investigation is taking place and the Westminster Police Department is asking the public to stay away from the vicinity of the area.

Vote Centers Previously Affected by Fires Set to Open as Scheduled Tomorrow

Ballot Drop Boxes that were closed due to the Silverado and Blue Ridge Fires also re-opened.

SANTA ANA, CA –October 29, 2020 – Several Vote Center locations were impacted by the recent mandatory evacuations in the Silverado and Blue Ridge Fire zones. Despite the recent impacts, the Registrar of Voters will be opening all locations as previously scheduled tomorrow, October 30, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. and include:

Vote Centers in previous mandatory evacuation zones:

Orange County, CA Elections Expands Mobile Voting Near Fire Zones to Assist Voters

Pop-up voting will provide convenient options to vote in-person, receive a replacement ballot, or ballot drop off to voters who had to quickly evacuate due to the fires.

SANTA ANA, CA –October 29, 2020 – In response to the recent Silverado and Blue Ridge Fires, the Orange County Registrar of Voters is scheduling additional pop-up mobile voting days to support those impacted by evacuation orders and needing voting assistance. Three more sites have now been added for pop-up voting this upcoming weekend, with a total of four sites available across the County.

In addition to our regular schedule the following sites will operate with full voting assistance, in-person voting, ballot drop-off options and more:


Pop-Up Voting Event Cancelled Due to Silverado Fire

Voting location is impacted due to voluntary evacuation orders.

SANTA ANA, CA – October 27, 2020 – Today's pop-up mobile voting event, scheduled for 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 9801 Newport Ave., Santa Ana, has been cancelled as a result of the Silverado Fire evacuations.

The location is in the voluntary evacuation zone for the Silverado Fire and associated traffic may prevent resources from entering impacted areas.

Four Ballot Drop Boxes Now Closed Due to Silverado and Blue Ridge Fires

Ballot drop boxes are impacted due to mandatory evacuation orders.

SANTA ANA, CA – October 27, 2020 – Four ballot drop boxes have been closed as a result of the Silverado Fire and Blue Ridge Fire evacuation orders.

Use of Official County Drop Boxes

Unofficial ballot drop boxes are prohibited - third party ballot collections are allowed, but a voter must designate someone to return their ballot on their behalf.

SANTA ANA – October 12, 2020 – There have been recent reports of groups promoting unofficial ballot drop boxes that are not affiliated with Orange County, CA Elections. In some instances, they are promoting these ballot drop boxes as “official” or “secure.” The use of unauthorized, non-official ballot drop boxes is prohibited by state law. 

Orange County Voting Systems to be Checked for Accuracy

Test to take place in preparation for November 3, 2020 Presidential General Election

SANTA ANA, CA - October 10, 2020 - Accuracy testing of Orange County's voting system will commence on October 13, 2020, and will continue until all devices have been included in the test. Due to the lengthy process of including all devices in the test, the Logic and Accuracy Test Tally may not commence until a minimum of a week after the test begins. 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.

Media Advisory: California Secretary of State Alex Padilla Joins Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer and Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley to Discuss County’s Comprehensive Plans to Safeguard Election, Provide Transparency

Remarks to take place against the backdrop of semi-trucks being loaded with 1.7 million official ballots for transportation to the United States Postal Service.

SANTA ANA, CA – October 2, 2020 – The Orange County Registrar of Voters is hosting a press conference on Monday, October 5th, as official ballots are being loaded for delivery to the United States Postal Service, with California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer and Orange County Registrar of