Make sure your vote counts!

We here at Metroblogging OC have been reporting time and time and time again about how important it is that you vote, and that you’re properly registered to vote. Before the election, I urge everyone to check their registration status again with the Orange County Registrar of Votersespecially if you’ve moved since the last election.

While this is important on its own, I bring it up because it happened to me. I moved in mid-September within Orange County, but far enough away to be in a new voting district. When I changed my address with the DMV, I was asked if I wanted to change my voter registration at the same time. I agreed, and was told they would register me to vote at my new home. Unfortunately, the DMV backlog, combined with several hundred registrations “found” at the Sacramento main DMV offices, made me one of the unfortunate few who didn’t get processed in time, and I only found this out because I called the Registrar this morning.

So what do you do? If you think there’s a reason you might not be registered correctly, call the Registrar at (714) 567-7600 between 8am and 5pm today or Monday. You can also visit their office at 1300 South Grand Avenue, Building C, in Santa Ana. Let them know that you’d like to check on your registration status, and they’ll be happy to help you.

6 Comments so far

  1. Joel Sax (unregistered) on October 29th, 2004 @ 5:38 pm

    Go to the polls. Demand a provisional ballot.

  2. Michael Doss (unregistered) on October 29th, 2004 @ 5:40 pm

    I think I’ll go to the Registrar on Monday, to save myself some time and some headache – I’d rather deal with a staff member than a hapless poll worker who might or might not be overworked. I’ll definately be voting, though =)

  3. Joel Sax (unregistered) on October 29th, 2004 @ 5:42 pm

    Be sure to call the Election Protection Coalition. You should not be denied a ballot because someone in Sacramento “lost” your registration. Raise Hell. The EPC has lawyers ready to roll in. Make sure they know.




  4. Michael Doss (unregistered) on October 29th, 2004 @ 5:46 pm

    The gentleman I spoke with at the Registrar was very polite, and outlined my options (including requsting a provisional ballot). If I’m denied my vote, I’ll definately raise hell. Until then, I’ll see if the channels available to me work as they’re supposed to =)

  5. Michael Randall (unregistered) on October 29th, 2004 @ 11:29 pm

    Also, you have a right to a paper ballot at your polling place. Poll workers are not required to notify voters of this right as the registrar of voters has informed them that they do not have to provide this information to voters.

    One way to make sure your vote counts is to use a paper ballot, the eSlates don’t provide the ability to produce a paper ballot for recounts.

    The downside of this policy is that polling places may not have enough paper ballots if there is a large number of request.

  6. Joel Sax (unregistered) on October 30th, 2004 @ 1:19 pm

    Make sure that the people at Votewatch know, nonetheless, Michael. The gentleman at the Registrar is undoubtably hoping that they don’t hear about this. Follow all the steps so that there can be followup. This is very important, Michael. Otherwise it is like hoping that your aching tooth will just take care of itself if you just keep brushing.

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