Tustin resident Curtis Morrison not too long ago did a double take when he and his roommate opened their mail ballots for the March 3 primary – and his supplied a selection of Congressional candidates in a neighboring district.

“As a result of this election is so essential I freaked out,” he stated. Morrison tweeted at Orange Couny Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley, who let him know his mailing handle might not match his voter registration handle, however that it was fixable.

Kelley stated he offers with these sorts of questions and considerations in each election, however he hasn’t seen any widespread or systemic issues, whilst he shepherds the county to utilizing a wholly new election system for the primary time.

Modifications to the system embody mail ballots for each registered voter, new voting machines that use paper ballots, and as an alternative of smaller, one-day precinct polling stations, centrally situated vote facilities which might be open both 4 or 11 days, ending on March 3.

With only a week to go earlier than the primary crop of latest vote facilities opens on Feb. 22, “there’s nothing effervescent to the floor that’s inflicting me alarm,” Kelley stated, including that his employees is taking about 1,000 calls a day from voters – fewer than in previous elections.

Between California election regulation and Orange County’s new system, nearly any drawback with ballots and registration can be mounted so individuals can still vote in the March 3 election.

In Huntington Seashore, Neil Campbell bought a ballot that confirmed he’s a registered Republican. He shouldn’t be – an error occurred when he renewed his driver’s license, he stated.

“My first thought was, ‘Now how do I get to vote?’” Campbell stated. “My second thought, or perhaps third thought, was, ‘Is that this actually deliberate? I hope it’s not.’”

Kelley stated Campbell and a handful of different voters could also be seeing errors made in 2018 by the Division of Motor Autos’ “Motor Voter” program that hadn’t been observed or corrected but. However to not fear: party registration can be modified on-line or in particular person at any vote middle.

Prior to now, individuals needed to register or change their party by a mid-February deadline to vote in the March primary, however due to modifications in state regulation, that’s not true, Kelley stated. Though should you make modifications after Feb. 18, you’ll have to vote in particular person – it’ll be too late to get a brand new mail ballot.

“There isn’t any deadline in California anymore, you can register all the best way up by election day,” Kelley stated.

And should you request a brand new mail ballot, the outdated one is routinely voided in the county election system, so be sure to discard it.

Kelley has despatched mailers and run a serious advert marketing campaign to let individuals know in regards to the new voting machines; and in case anybody missed it, one other batch of mailers started going out this week.


Extra info

One thing flawed together with your March 3 ballot? Right here’s what to do:

  • For those who bought the flawed ballot (incorrect handle or Congressional or college district, for instance), request a distinct one at ocvote.com or by calling 714-567-7600.
  • In case your ballot exhibits you registered to the flawed political party, go to registertovote.ca.gov to vary your party affiliation.
  • For those who by no means bought a mail ballot or it arrived, however bought misplaced, request a brand new one from the OC Registrar by Tuesday, Feb. 18; after that, go to any Orange County vote middle – a few of them open Feb. 22.
  • For different voting questions or issues, attempt the California Secretary of State’s web site or the OC Registrar of Voters web site.