OC Public Libraries' nonpartisan guide to the upcoming 2020 elections. Prepared by library staff, in consultation with OC Vote, for the Orange County voter, the content includes
- How to register to vote and update your registration record.
- Where to vote & how to check your voter status.
- Links to the Voter Information Guide for information on sample ballots, candidates, and measures.
- Resources for news, campaign finance disclosures, and fact checking election information.
Explore the Voter Resources Below
Election day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. All of California's registered voters will be mailed a ballot starting 29 days prior to Election Day (October 5, 2020). Ensure that your mailing address is up-to-date through OC Vote. To check the status of your ballot, please visit OC Vote.
Early voting and in-person voting locations will also be available to voters. A list will be included in your Voter Information Guide and online at ocvote.com/votecenter starting in late September.
California offers voter registration online, by mail, and in person.
Online voter registration is available at California Register to Vote website
Mail You can also request and complete a paper voter registration form and mail or hand deliver it to your county elections official to register to vote. The deadline to register to vote is October 19, 2020. If you miss the deadline, you must register to vote in-person at either the OC Registrar of Voters’ office in Santa Ana or at any Vote Center.
Call the OC Registrar of Voters at 714-567-7600 to request a paper registration form.
Confirm your voter registration status at California Register to Vote website
Requirements to register to vote:
To register in California you must:
be a United States citizen
be a resident of California
be at least 18 years old or older on Election Day
not currently in state or federal prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony
not currently found to be mentally incompetent to vote by a court
16 and 17 years olds: Pre-register to vote at the California Register to Vote website or with a paper voter registration form.
Online voter registration:
California offers online voter registration at the California Register to Vote website
You will need a California-issued driver license or California identification card number, the last four digits of your social security number, and consent to the use of your DMV-stored digital signature to use California's online voter registration system. If you don't have a California-issued ID or don't want to provide consent for the use of your digital signature, you can still register by mail to vote.
You can register online to vote until Monday, October 19, 2020.
Vote-by-Mail voter registration:
Use the California voter registration form
You can also register to vote using the California voter registration form. You may also request one be mailed to you by the Registrar of Voters – call (714) 567-7600 for more information.
Be sure to read the instructions carefully and fill it out completely. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Monday, October 19. Send the completed form to Orange County Registrar of Voters:
Neal Kelley, Registrar Voters
P.O. Box 11298
Santa Ana, CA 92711
Vote by Mail
All registered voters will be sent a vote-by-mail ballot for the November 3, 2020 General Election. Registered voters do not have to apply for a vote-by-mail ballot for this election.
Fill out your ballot.
After you have voted, insert your ballot in the envelope provided, making sure you provide your signature and complete all required information on the envelope.
You may return your voted ballot
by mail, it must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by your county elections office no later than 17 days after Election Day.
in person at a Vote Center or dropping it in a ballot drop box, it must be delivered no later than the close of polls at 8:00 p.m. on November 3rd. A list of drop boxes and locations can be found online at OC Vote
Anyone may return your ballot for you, as long as they do not get paid on a per ballot basis. In order for your ballot to be counted, you must fill out the authorization section found on the outside of your return envelope.
Vote in Person
Vote on election day:
All registered voters in California will receive a ballot by mail. However, in-person voting locations will be available to voters. You can now vote at any Orange County Vote Center. In-person voting locations may be found online by visiting the Vote Anywhere site.
California voters can also vote before Election Day. The early voting period runs from Monday, October 5, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live. Early voting and vote-by-mail ballot drop off locations may be found on the Secretary of State's Early Voting website.
In Orange County, all Vote Centers will be open for 4 days of early voting leading up to and on Election Day.
Vote Center Hours of Operation
Friday, October 30 to Monday, November 2
8am - 8pm
Election Day - Tuesday, November 3
7am - 8pm
What to bring:
If you've voted in California before, you don't need to show ID.
If you're a first-time voter who registered by mail, and didn't include your driver's license number, California ID number, or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number on your registration, you may be asked to provide proof of residence when you vote. Acceptable forms include:
copy of a recent utility bill,
the sample ballot booklet you received from your county elections office or another document sent to you by a government agency,
a US passport,
official state identification card, student identification card showing your name and photograph.
Voters without ID: If you are unable to provide an ID, you will be able to vote a provisional ballot.
September 24, 2020 - Mailing of Voter Information guides (approximate date)
October 5, 2020 - First day Vote-by-Mail ballots are available and ballot drop boxes open
October 5, 2020 - 29 Day Close of Registration
October 19, 2020 - Final Close of Registration
October 20 – November 3, 2020 - Conditional Voter Registration period
October 30, 2020 - Vote Centers open
November 3, 2020 - Date of Election
U.S. PRESIDENT / VICE PRESIDENT
Joe Biden/Kamala Harris Campaign Website
Howie Hawkins/Angela Nicole Walker Campaign Website
Jo Jorgensen/Spike Cohen Campaign Website
Donald J. Trump/Mike Pence Campaign Website
STATE AND LOCAL CANDIDATES AND LOCAL MEASURES
View all state and local elections at OC Vote
Find qualified State Propositions here at the California Secretary of State website
VOTER INFORMATION GUIDE AND SAMPLE BALLOT
View your Voter Information Guide and sample ballot here at OC Vote
Campaign Finance Disclosures are mandated by law.
Federal, state, and local sites are provided below.
Federal Election Commission Official United States Government website that tracks campaign finance and donations.
California Campaign Finance Disclosures The Secretary of State site offers searching options to research finance and donations.
OC Campaign Finance and Disclosure Through the OC Registrar of Voters, this site provides searching by candidate, measure, or committee.
OC Vote provides community engagement events to discuss election operations, voter registrations, voter data and more. Also, Bilingual Outreach and Speaker Requests may be found here.
Newspaper and Magazine Coverage
Access election coverage through local and national newspapers and magazines, all available on OC Public Libraries website under Magazines, Newspapers, and Current Events Enter your library card number to read the OC Register, New York Times, and hundreds of magazines.
OC Registrar of Voters employment opportunities
Want to help? Consider becoming a Customer Service Representative with the OC Registrar of Voters . More information is found at OC Vote
Confirm the accuracy of election information using these non-partisan websites.
Center for Public Integrity A well documented investigative journalism organization and winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2014 & 2017.
FactCheck.org A Project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, this site monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases.
Newsguard- Ratings for over 5,800 news sites that account for 95% of online engagement for news. Get warnings on new misleading information as well as accuracy of news sites.
Last updated 8/26/2020