今日双色球开奖结果 www.xnzvqg.com.cn Here are five things to know about how, when and where to cast a March 3 primary ballot in Orange County.
Question: I received a mail-in ballot for the first time. What’s up with that?
Answer: More and more of the county’s 1.62 million voters were asking for mail-in ballots, so as part of the overhaul to Orange County’s election process being implemented in the March 3 primary, the Orange County Registrar of Voters is providing a mail-in ballot to every registered voter.
Ballots can be sent back via the postal service, or put into one of 110 secure drop boxes located throughout the county, or dropped off at a vote center any time between Feb. 22 and March 3. The new, brightly painted, metal drop boxes are located at many city facilities, parks and libraries, even popular shopping centers. Officials said they are bolted to concrete pads and outfitted with a fire suppression system for security.
Question: I prefer to vote in person. Can I still do that?
Answer: Yes, but don’t just head to your usual polling place – it likely won’t be in use. Instead, nearly 190 vote centers are being opened with trained, paid staff. And you don’t have to wait until election day. About three dozen vote centers will be open daily during business hours starting Feb. 22. The remaining 150 centers will open Feb. 29, and all sites will be open through election day. On March 3, they’ll be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Locations include city facilities, churches, libraries and even a few shopping centers and local hotels.
The OC Registrar has an interactive map you can use to find a vote center or ballot drop box.
Question: Do I need to take a drivers license or anything else?
Answer: No. Voters check in by giving their name and address to election workers and putting their signature on an electronic tablet. The tablets at the vote centers are networked so once someone checks in, they can’t cast a second ballot at another location.
All centers can print a voter’s personalized ballot in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese or Korean. To reduce the risk of hacking, the tablets used to check voters in aren’t connected to the machines that record their votes.
Question: How do I actually cast a ballot at a vote center – with an electronic machine, or on paper?
Answer: Orange County’s new $15.3 million voting system is a combination of both. Once someone checks in at the vote center, an election worker will print out a personalized paper ballot (based on the Congressional district, city, school district, etc., the voter lives in) that can be filled out by hand. Those who choose may use an electronic machine (which includes features to accommodate voters with disabilities) to mark the ballot, which gets printed out on paper. The voter then feeds the paper ballot into a scanner that tallies the votes, but the paper ballots also are saved to help check the system’s accuracy in case a recount is needed. The scanner will check for too many votes, errant marks or contests left blank and give the voter a chance to fix it.
Question: I’m not registered with a political party (no party preference) but I want to vote for a presidential candidate. What do I do?
Answer: The Democratic, Libertarian and American Independent parties allow people with no party preference to vote on their presidential candidates. If you already got a mail ballot without presidential candidates on it (or it’s the wrong ballot for any reason), you can go to ocvote.com and click the “replacement ballot” button, call the OC Registrar at 714-567-7600, or visit a vote center and ask for the party ballot you want. If you want to vote on a Republican, Green or Peace and Freedom ballot, you’ll have to change your registration to that particular party.
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