Ballots go to 1.8 million OC voters Monday – Orange County Register

Voter turnout is notoriously difficult to predict, but starting Monday, October 10, ballots will be mailed to more Orange County voters than ever before.

As of Oct. 3, Orange County had 1,813,734 registered voters, Bob Page, the OC’s voter registrar, said in a news conference Tuesday.

That’s an increase of more than 16% compared to the 1.55 million voters registered in the 2018 general election, according to data on the registrar’s website. (The total may fluctuate daily as new voters are added to the lists and inactive or ineligible voters are removed.)

Page described some of the steps the OC Registrar’s Office is taking to ensure the security and integrity of the county’s elections, including: Ballots are processed by teams of two poll workers so no one is left alone with them; the 121 drop boxes are bolted to the floor and each has its own key rather than a universal key for all boxes; the workers who empty the boxes take random routes and their vehicles are tracked by GPS; The voter check-in system is connected to the internet, so poll workers can get frequent updates to ensure no one votes twice – but none of the devices used to mark or scan ballots or count votes is on-line.

And with the continuing spate of uncorroborated allegations of voter fraud at the national level, more people could come forward to observe all aspects of the upcoming election. State law allows the public, including candidates and partisan groups, to watch how polling stations work, how votes are counted, and other aspects of elections — and Page recently noted that people are even asking to watch things like ballots being passed by official Dropboxes.

“We’re seeing a lot of interest and I expect there will be a little more interest in this election than there was in the primary, particularly from candidates and campaigns,” as races that weren’t decided in the June election are now only two more candidates, Page said.

Page is still working to hire people to work at 181 polling centers across the county. About three dozen of the polling stations open to any registered voter will open on October 29; the rest will be operational from November 5 through Election Day.

Here is some more information about the November 10 election:

  • Mail-in ballots go to all registered voters beginning October 10 and voting in person begins October 29; Find a voting center or drop-off box at or by calling 714-567-7600.
  • To sign up for ballot tracking and receive text messages when your ballot is mailed to you, received by the voter register, and counted, visit and select Track My Ballot from the Popular Links tab at the bottom “.
  • Visit for information on publicly available election activities and how to become an observer. Ballots go to 1.8 million OC voters Monday – Orange County Register

Dais Johnston

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