2012 PRESIDENTIAL GENERAL ELECTION INFO
(From the Orange County Registrar of Voters website ocvote.com)
Making Sure You're Registered to Vote
The first step in voting is making sure you are registered to vote. We've made it easy for you to verify your registration or update your current registration information. You can also complete a new registration if you are not registered to vote.
Click here to check your registration or register to vote.
Voting-by-Mail Made Easy
Our vote-by-mail suite of applications makes it easy to request, vote and track your vote-by-mail ballot. With just a few clicks you can apply for a one-time vote-by-mail ballot for this election only or become a permanent vote-by-mail voter and receive your ballot automatically for every election.
Click here to learn more about voting-by-mail or to apply for a ballot.
Obtain Information About Measures Appearing on the Election Ballot
By clicking on this link, you will view all documents which will be printed in the Sample Ballot Pamphlet.
Click here to learn more about measures on the ballot.
VOTE-BY-MAIL VOTING: Applications for vote-by-mail ballots available during this period from the Registrar of Voters. Applications must be received by the Registrar of Voters by Oct. 30, 2012.
Oct. 22, 2012
LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN GENERAL ELECTION: Last day to register to vote in the General Election. The Voter Registration Affidavit shall be mailed (postmarked by this date) or delivered to the county elections official by this date and is effective upon receipt. The Voter Registration Affidavit may also be submitted by this date to the Department of Motor Vehicles or any National Voter Registration Act designated agency. Last day for special absentee voters to complete and sign the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) registering to vote and requesting an absent voter ballot and to send it to the county elections official.
Nov. 6, 2012
ELECTION DAY: Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Ballots will be centrally counted at the Registrar of Voters' office in Santa Ana.
The deadline for the Registrar of Voters to receive vote-by-mail ballots by mail or in person is 8 p.m. Nov. 6, 2012. A voter may deliver his/her vote-by-mail ballot in person to any polling place in the county by the close of the polls on Election Day. If a vote-by-mail voter who, because of illness or other physical disability, is unable to return the ballot, he/she may designate his/her spouse, child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, brother, sister, or a person residing in the same household to return the ballot.
Last day a special absentee voter who is temporarily living outside of the United States (or is called for military service within the United States on or after October 30, 2012) may return his/her ballot by facsimile transmission. To be counted, the ballot returned by facsimile transmission must be received by the elections official no later than 8 p.m. Election Day, and must be accompanied by an identification envelope and a signed waiver of a right to a secret ballot.