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City of Anaheim
Office of the City Clerk
City Hall 2nd Floor
200 South Anaheim Boulevard,
Anaheim, CA 92805
TEL 714-765-5166
FAX 714-765-4105

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Questions About Voter Registration

Questions About Vote By Mail Ballots

Questions About Voting


Questions About Voter Registration

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Who can register to vote?

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 You may register to vote if you meet ALL of the following criteria:

• A citizen of the United States (You must be a U.S. Citizen at the time you register)
• A resident of California
• At least 18 years of age as of the day of the next election
• Not in prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony
• Not declared to be mentally incompetent by a court.

When can I register to vote?

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There is no waiting period. You may register or re-register to vote at anytime. To be eligible to vote in an election, you must have registered 15 days prior to the election.

How can I register to vote?

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You may register to vote:

By mail: Download and Mail a Voter Registration Form (ENGLISH | ESPANOL)
Please download and complete the form by clicking the link above. Please remember to sign it and MAIL it DIRECTLY to the ADDRESS BELOW:

Orange County Registrar of Voters
1300 South Grand Ave., Bldg. C
Santa Ana, CA 92705
P O Box 11298
Santa Ana, CA 92711
(714) 567-7600
(714) 567-7556 Fax
Hours 8:00am - 5:00pm
E-mail:
ocvoter@ocgov.com
Website:
www.ocvote.com

In person: Obtain a registration form from the City Clerk's office, the Post Office, Library or Registrar of Voters,  complete the form, sign and MAIL it DIRECTLY to the ADDRESS ABOVE:

What if I just moved and did not re-register? Will I be eligible to vote?

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If you were previously registered in Orange County and have not re-registered since you moved within the County's borders, you can vote at the polling place for your new address. You will be asked to vote a provisional ballot and provide your new address and your previous address on the provisional ballot envelope.

I became a "new citizen" after the registration deadline. Can I still register and vote?

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Yes. Persons who become citizens after the close of registration may only vote at the Orange County Registrar of Voters’ office between the 28th day and the 7th day before an election. New citizens must present a Certificate of Naturalization and declare that they have established residence in Orange County.

For additional information regarding voter registration, see ‘Help me Vote’ on the Orange County Registrar of Voters website: www.ocvote.com

Questions About Vote By Mail Ballots

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How can I Vote by Mail?

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Rather than going to the polling place to cast a ballot on Election Day, you may request Vote-By-Mail ballot. Any registered voter may apply for a Vote by Mail ballot. Applying is easy. Simply select one of the following options:

  • By Mail: Complete the Vote by Mail ballot application that is on the back cover of the sample ballot (sent to you prior to an election) and mail to Orange County Registrar of Voters.
  • By Internet: Download and complete Vote by Mail ballot application or from the Orange County Registrar of Voters main page (www.ocvote.com), under the ‘Help-Me-Vote’ section.

Remember to sign and date your request!

When can I apply for a Vote by Mail ballot?

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 You may request a Vote by Mail ballot:

·        As early as 60 days prior to an election. The elections official cannot accept any mail applications less than 7 days  prior to an election.

·        During the final 6 days prior to an election. If you become ill, disabled or find that you will be away from your polling place on Election Day, you may vote an emergency Vote by Mail ballot. You can vote in person at the Orange County Registrar of Voters office or send in a written/signed request for a Vote by Mail ballot authorizing another person to bring you the ballot and return it to the elections office or any polling place after you have voted.

When is the last day to return my voted Vote by Mail ballot?

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Vote by Mail ballots must be received by elections officials no later than the close of polls (8 p.m.) on Election Day. Postmarks are not acceptable in California.

How do I turn in my Vote by Mail ballot on Election Day?

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You may turn in your ballot in person to any polling place within your jurisdiction or to the Orange County Registrar of Voters by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. If, because of illness or physical disability, you are unable to return the ballot yourself, you may authorize, in writing, a spouse, child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, brother, sister or person residing in your household to return the ballot to the Orange County Registrar of Voters’ office or to any polling place within your jurisdiction by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Do I have to apply for a Vote by Mail ballot for each election?

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No. You can apply for “Permanent Vote by Mail Voter” status. Once on file as a permanent Vote by Mail voter, you will no longer have to apply for future elections. A ballot will automatically be mailed to you for each election. A spouse or other person who resides with you may also want to apply for permanent absent voter status. Once a voter receives permanent absent voter status, he/she will retain this status as long as he/she casts a ballot in all statewide elections.

If I request a Vote by Mail ballot, can I change my mind and still vote at my polling place?

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Yes, but you should  take your Vote by Mail ballot to the polling place and surrender it to the pollworkers before voting a regular precinct ballot. If you do not have your Vote by Mail ballot to surrender, you will be allowed to cast a “provisional” ballot at the polling place. Your provisional ballot will be counted after the elections official confirms that you did not previously vote using a Vote by Mail ballot for that election.

Questions About Voting

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Where do I go to vote/where is my polling place? (back to top)

Your polling place location is printed on the back cover of your sample ballot booklet. Please check the polling place address for each election because locations often change. Also, poll locations are available on Orange County Registrar of Voters website at www.ocvote.com

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The City of Anaheim consolidates with Orange County and County election polling places are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Why has my polling place changed? (back to top)

Locations may change from election to election if a facility previously used is not available for a particular election. Changes to precinct boundaries may sometimes occur when precincts are consolidated or realigned. Voters should refer to their sample ballot booklet to confirm their correct polling location.